The Centre for International Cooperation (CIS) initiates, coordinates and (co-)implements programmes and projects in capacity building, education, research and outreach in cooperation with partners (universities, government agencies and civil society organisations) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
These activities express the societal engagement of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in a global perspective beyond the Euro-American axis. In line with the four profiling themes in the strategic plan of the university, CIS initiates and works on a number of long-term programmes together with faculties:
- Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Land Management
- ICT for Development
- Conflict Resolution and Mediation
- Governance for Society
CIS believes in an integrated, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to address global challenges in close collaboration with VU faculties and international partners. CIS has become a centre of expertise within VU International Office, dedicated to international cooperation since 1955.