In the Strategie VU 2020-2025, we have formulated strategic aspirations that respond to the developments around us in the areas of education, research, knowledge transfer and operational management. We focus on priority areas that guide our actions: sustainable, enterprising and diverse. Our profile themes, Connected World, Governance for Society, Human Health and Life Sciences and Science for Sustainability, are closely linked to our identity and serve as our substantive compass.
Profile and strategy
Mission and core values
All members of our VU community endorse our mission and core values.
A Broader Mind
At VU Amsterdam you don’t just become something, but someone. Someone with an academic perspective and a focus on society.
Art of Engagement
At VU Amsterdam, we put our core values into practise in our education and research, as well as in the way we treat each other. We call this the Art of Engagement.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam cherishes academic freedom and provides scholars who are at risk with a temporary safe haven by allowing them to teach and conduct research.
The VU Campus in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas is a welcoming and vibrant meeting place where students, lecturers, researchers and the business community come together to work toward a better world.
VU Amsterdam was founded in 1880 by theologian, journalist and politician Abraham Kuyper. To this day, we still cherish our history and have maintained our university’s unique character.
VU Amsterdam has a strong profile based on its academic and societal impact. In prominent international rankings we are among the world's top universities.
The SDG dashboard measures our societal impact based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It provides a clear demonstration of what VU Amsterdam represents—a university with a focus on society.
The VU Strategy 2020-2025 contains nine strategic aspirations. The profile themes reflect our substantive focus. The priority areas—sustainable, enterprising and diverse—guide our actions.
VU Amsterdam has four multidisciplinary profile themes. These are closely linked to our identity and refer to the social domains in which we contribute to a better world through our education, research and knowledge transfer.