Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Region: Western Europe
Country/Region: Netherlands
Found Year: 1880
Address: De Boelelaan 1105
Introduction

VU University Amsterdam (www.vu.nl/en) is a state-funded university with about 23,000 students and 2,150 FTE academic staff. VU University Amsterdam was the first university in the Netherlands established by a private person, with no interference from the church or the state. This heritage is still very much part of who we are: VU stands for Vrije Universiteit, which translates literally as 'Free University.' This name expressly states our independence: we are free of the state, the church or any commercial interests.However, science and academic pursuit can never be free of values, and values are always based on some form of conviction or philosophy. VU University attaches great value to different convictions, distinguishing itself from other universities by its willingness to open them to discussion. Since its foundation in 1880, the university has sought to maintain a link between academic pursuit on the one hand and the Christian conviction on the other. In recent decades we have engaged in open dialogue with other faiths and ethical systems. VU University Amsterdam has a strong sense of social engagement. It is an academic community which attaches importance to openness and which maintains a strong international outlook. It is a university which pursues innovation and progress, and which is able to take full advantage of the diversity of disciplines, nationalities and convictions on its campus. Through its research, VU University wishes to make a significant contribution in solving the major societal issues of our age. Another, equally important, objective is to help young people develop to become astute academics who, based on a strong sense of social engagement, are able to fill important positions in the international and intercultural society of the future. Accordingly, the university places a strong emphasis on the broad academic education of its students, informed by its traditional core values. Education and research are directly interlinked. The university offers education in those areas in which it has a strong reputation for research and in which there is a high demand for qualified professionals.VU University has formulated three core values which have a direct relationship with the institution’s Christian ethos: •Responsible: working in the service of man and society.•Open: diversity as a source of inspiration and innovation.•Personally engaged: an academic community in which every member is fully acknowledged.The ‘Vision for VU 2025’ sets out the situation in which the university wishes to find itself in 2025. In 2025, VU University will be notable:•as a strong research university, performing leading international research which makes a real contribution towards solving major societal issues.•by means of an (inter)nationally competitive range of graduate research and academic programmes.•as a scientific and academic educational institute serving the greater Amsterdam region. VU University provides good and well organized education to those with academic pre-qualifications (the VWO school diploma), helping them develop into critical and socially engaged academics.•by virtue of its unique character. The three core values will inspire and inform all education and research, and will be reflected in the day-to-day interaction between staff and students.To enhance the visibility of the university for students, researchers, granting organizations, public and private sector partners and others, VU University is to structure its education and research within four key themes:1.Human Health and Life Sciences, 2. Science for Sustainability, 3. Connected World, and 4. Governance for Society.

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
All Subjects
Subject
Rank
Best Ranked Subjects
Subject Rank
Communication
12
Psychology
22
Geography
26
Law
29
Nursing
36
Dentistry & Oral Sciences
38
Public Administration
42
Economics
45
Key Statistics
23686
Total Enrollment
2613(11.0%)
International Students
13280
Undergraduate Enrollment
915(6.9%)
International Students
10406
Graduate Enrollment
1698(16.3%)
International Students
Programs
Undergraduate Programs
Ancient Cultures
Anthropology
Archaeology and Prehistory
Art History
Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Business Mathematics and Informatics
Business Studies
Chemistry
Cities and Cultures
Communication and Information Studies
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Criminology
Cultural Studies
Culture, Organization and Management
Dentistry
Dutch Language and Culture
Earth and Economics
Earth Sciences
Econometrics and Operations Research
Economics and Business
Education
Energy, Climate and Sustainability
English
English Language and Culture
French Language and Culture
Geo-Archaeology
Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures
Health and Well-Being
Health and Wellness Management
Health Sciences
History
Human Movement Sciences
Information, Communication, Cognition
Information, Multimedia and Management
Law
Life, Evolution, Universe
Lifestyle Informatics
Linguistics
Literary Studies
Master In Dutch
Mathematics
Medical Natural Sciences
Medicine
Ministration and Organization
Notarial Law
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Philosophy
Physics and Astronomy
Policy, Communication and Organization
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Religious Studies
Religious Studies: Variant In Islam
Science, Business and Innovation
Social Systems
Sociology
Theology
Graduate Programs
Accounting & Control
Ancient Cultures
Archaeology and Prehistory
Artificial Intelligence
Arts and Culture
Art History
Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics: Specialization In Systems Biology
Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Biomolecular Sciences
Business Administration
Business Administration: Specialization In Entrepreneurship
Business Administration: Specialization In Financial Management
Business Administration: Specialization In Human Resource Management
Business Administration: Specialization In Information & Knowledge Management
Business Administration: Specialization In Management Consulting
Business Administration: Specialization In Strategy & Organization
Business Administration: Specialization In Transport & Supply Chain Management
Business Mathematics and Informatics
Cardiovascular Research
Chemistry
Christian Studies of Science and Society
Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Communication and Information Studies
Communication and Information Studies
Communication Science
Comparative and European Politics
Comparative Arts and Media Studies
Computer Science
Criminology
Culture, Organization and Management
Dentistry
Design Cultures
Drug Discovery and Safety
Dutch Language and Culture
Earth Sciences
Ecology
Econometrics and Operations Research
Economics
Economics
Education
English Language and Culture
English Language and Culture: Specialization Literatures In English
English Language and Culture: Specialization Metaphor In Discourse
Environment and Resource Management
Finance
Finance
French Language and Culture
Geographical Information Science
Geosciences of Basins and Lithosphere
Global Environmental Governance
Governance Of Security
Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures
Health Sciences
Heritage Studies
History
History After 1400
Human Movement Sciences: Research Master'S
Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health
Hydrology
Information Sciences
International Business Law
International Crimes and Criminology
International Relations and Transnational Governance
Journalism
Law
Law and Politics of International Security
Lifestyle and Chronic Disorders
Linguistics
Linguistics (Research)
Literary Studies
Literary Studies
Literature
Literatures In English
Management, Policy-Analysis and Entrepreneurship In Health and Life Sciences
Marketing
Mathematics
Medical Natural Sciences
Metaphor In Discourse
Museum Curator
Neurosciences
Notarial Law
Oncology
Paleoclimatology and Geo-Ecosystems
Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems
Philosophy
Philosophy of Management and Organizations
Philosophy In Action
Philosophy Of A Particular Discipline
Physics
Policy, Communication and Organization
Psychology
Psychology
Public Administration and Public Policy Studies
Religion and Theology
Religious Studies
Rs: Communication and Media
Rs: Islamic Spiritual Counsellor
Rs: Personal Philosophical Development
Rs: Spiritual Counselling In Organizations
Science, Business & Innovation: Master’S Track In Chemistry and Physics
Science Communication (Specialization)
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Social Psychology
Social Research
Sociology of Globalization and Diversity
Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics
Stochastics and Financial Mathematics
Teacher Training
Theology: Ministry
Theology: Specialization Divinity
Theology (Specialization Bible Translation,)
Theology (Specialization Church Ministry)
Theology (Specialization Cross-Cultural Theology)
Theology (Specialization Evangelical and Reformation Theology,)
Theology (Specialization Living Reformed Theology)
Theology (Specialization Pentecostal Studies)
Visual Arts, Media and Architecture