Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Science with a conscience

About VU Amsterdam

Since its foundation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has stood for scientific and value-driven education, research and knowledge transfer. We are free thinkers with expertise and A Broader Mind. And we work together to build a better world for people and the planet.

The world is facing major challenges, while there are growing divisions within society. This calls for science with a conscience. With our expertise, open mindedness, enterprising spirit and multidisciplinary approach, we work on developing sustainable solutions that impact society.

We focus on four profile themes: Connected World, Governance for Society, Human Health and Life Sciences, and Science for Sustainability.

Why VU


  1. Leading research
  2. Societal impact
  3. Working & Living in Amsterdam
  4. Diversity & Inclusiveness
  5. Openness
  6. Internationalization

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (in short VU Amsterdam) has a clear ambition: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. VU Amsterdam strives to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge.

Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences. This is how VU Amsterdam encourages multidisciplinary cooperation and aims to contribute to address the societal issues of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

The campus of VU Amsterdam is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas, a high-profile international business district. Being the international brain and business port of the Netherlands, the Zuidas is a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research. Currently, over 5,500 employees work at VU Amsterdam and we host a population of more than 30,000 students.

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