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The Year 2020: VU Amsterdam, at the heart of society

25 June 2021
The year 2020 was exceptional for many reasons. Because of corona, we were forced to work and study primarily online, and to transform ourselves into a university that operates at a one-and-a-half-metre distance. It also marked the start of our anniversary year, the Kuyper Year. In our 2020: Year in review and in our 2020 Annual Report, we reflect on some significant and memorable moments.

The Corona Research Fund, the Athena Institute’s COVID-19 platform, Caring Universities and the free COVID -19 search engine from Findest. These are just a few of the many initiatives that the VU community has introduced, along with partners, during the 2020 corona year. In addition, we had to transform our education into a hybrid format, with an online emphasis. Together, we worked hard in difficult circumstances and showed exceptional resilience, adaptability and commitment.

VU Amsterdam turned 140 in the year 2020. With the Opening Academic Year, we kicked off the Kuyper year with the Kuyper Challenge and with many examples of social entrepreneurship. During the Dies Natalis, Her Majesty Queen Máxima also stressed the importance of entrepreneurship and particularly the role of SMEs. Furthermore, we were named the most sustainable university in the Netherlands in 2020 and we declared our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

In 2020, VU Amsterdam once again demonstrated its position at the heart of society.

Curious about these stories and more inspiring examples from VU Amsterdam in 2020? Go here to read the Year in review ‘VU Amsterdam: at the heart of society 2020’ in English. You can read the full 2020 Annual Report in Dutch on the new annual report website jaarverslag.vu.nl.