CIS-VU: working for a better world


Our mission: “CIS collaborates and applies the knowledge of VU Amsterdam in a global context."

The Centre for International Cooperation (CIS) initiates, coordinates and (co-)implements programmes and projects in capacity building, research and outreach in cooperation with partners (universities, government agencies and civil society organisations) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

These activities express the societal involvement of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in a global context wider than the Euro-American axis, in line with the four profiling themes in the strategic plan of the university:
  1. Governance for Society
  2. Human Health & Life Sciences
  3. Connected World
  4. Science for Sustainability

CIS is committed to a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary way of working in close collaboration with the VU faculties. Once originated from missionary work, CIS has become a centre of expertise within VU International Office, dedicated to international cooperation.

CIS is an important pillar of the VU's internationalisation and sustainability policy and contributes to:

- Faculty and interfaculty research
- Valorisation of knowledge in the international community field
- International atmosphere at VU campus
- Mobility
– Diversity
- Focus Country Policy
- Community Service Learning
- Aurora Network
- Green Office
- Funding for PhD students from projects and non-EU enrolment in Masters and PhD programs
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)


Click here or on the map below for an overview of CIS-projects around the world.