About the university

Logo Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamVrije Universiteit Amsterdam: looking further

Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.

Freedom in responsibility: three core values

Academic research and education at VU is characterized by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communications and ideas. VU stands for universal university values such as academic freedom and independence, which is reflected in our name (‘VU’ is the Dutch abbreviation for ‘free university’): free from the church, state and any commercial interest. The basic philosophy of VU is expressed in three core values:

  • responsible
  • open
  • personally engaged

People in our project

Ad Verbrugge (Prof. dr.)

Ad Verbrugge (Prof. dr.)

Eefje de Gelder (MA MSc)

Eefje de Gelder (MA MSc)

Govert Buijs (Prof. dr.)

Govert Buijs (Prof. dr.)

Harmen Verbruggen (prof. dr.)

Harmen Verbruggen (prof. dr.)

Ilse Oosterlaken (Dr. ir.)

Ilse Oosterlaken (Dr. ir.)

Jelle van Baardewijk (MA)

Jelle van Baardewijk (MA)

Jordan Ballor (PhD)

Jordan Ballor (PhD)

Kees van der Kooi (Prof. dr.)

Kees van der Kooi (Prof. dr.)