Profile themes provide focus and direction
In the coming decades, our society will face major and increasingly complex challenges. This calls for A Broader Mind and a multidisciplinary approach. In addition, our society is challenging science more and more. And we more often have to legitimise the role that our university has in society. How should we deal with this development? How do we integrate scientific and technological developments in our culture? And what does this mean for people, their values and their identity? Our multidisciplinary profile themes provide direction in this. They show what we choose to focus on when it comes to our core tasks.
Contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
To bring focus to our activities, we have further defined the four profile themes based on the objectives in the VU Strategy 2020-2025. Each profile theme contributes to a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG dashboard measures our social impact for each of the 17 SDGs. In this way, we can better demonstrate what VU stands for—a university with a focus on society.