Abraham Kuyper founded VU University Amsterdam in 1880 as a private university. A large group of followers - the members of the VU Association - supported VU University Amsterdam with every cent and nickel in the well-known collection boxes, and allowed the university to grow steadily.
Until the end of 2011, VU University Amsterdam was part of the legal entity VU-Windesheim Foundation, together with VU University Medical Center, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and the members organization.
As of 1 January 2012, this legal entity split up and foundations were established for VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center (VU-VUmc Foundation) and for Windesheim (Windesheim University of Applied Sciences Foundation).
The VU association is a social network for everyone with ties to the university or the hospital, and with the activities of VU Connected.
The relationship with the institutions is guaranteed by personal unions between the executive board and the supervisory boards, but especially by the common agenda: VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center draft multi-year plans that establish how the institutions and the association shape the identity and their connection with society.
drs. I.R. (Roeleke) Vunderink, secretary general
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
T 020 59 85290
F 020 59 85289
Prof. E.M. Meijerslaan 2
1183 AV Amstelveen
VU Connected is the "face" of the association in society. The association shows her idealistic body of thought and makes a difference under this name. The motto "Together for societal meaning" powerfully combines scientific and experiential knowledge in a network of involved people.
VU Connected organizes lectures, debates, workshops and symposiums at the intersection between science and society intersect, throughout the Netherlands.