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2021: An impactful year for the VU community

28 June 2022
With the ongoing corona pandemic, the increasing student numbers and the introduction of the new system landscape (MARS), the creativity and resilience of both students and employees were put to the test in 2021. But there were many highlights as well, such as the celebrations to mark the end of the Kuyper Year and thriving partnerships. 2021 was also the year we said goodbye to departing rector Vinod Subramaniam. With the Annual Report 2021 we reflect upon a dynamic year.

By co-organizing the event ‘Impact 2021’ the VU called attention to the contribution of science to society. And as the corona pandemic continued to influence our way of working and studying, a location was opened on campus for rapid antigen testing. During the national Alarm Day in April a cardboard cut-out of Abraham Kuyper was submerged into water in protest against inadequate funding for higher education. Furthermore, in 2021 the VU was the first university that signed the Amnesty manifesto against sexual violence. And throughout the year, 16 initiatives were selected for the exposition ‘A Better World @VU’, to illustrate the contribution of the VU community towards todays greatest societal challenges.  

Curious about these stories and more inspiring examples from VU in 2021? You can read both the full Annual Report 2021 (only in Dutch) and the visual year in review ‘VU Amsterdam: Reflection of society 2021’ at