CIS, as an integral part of VU International Office, actively supports and promotes the university’s strategy of internationalisation and diversity. We work on interdisciplinary projects and training programmes. In a broader sense, CIS embodies the university’s commitment to society, supporting and facilitating research, education and outreach organisations in emerging economies and developing countries and beyond to the benefit of people, planet and prosperity.
The global society is increasingly challenged by complex problems affecting people, planet and prosperity. Food security, sustainability of the natural environment, governance, social and economic inclusiveness, are amongst the major issues of our time, demanding sustainable solutions. Our approach is people-centred, participatory and adaptive, aimed at creating long-lasting partnerships of collaboration, which can connect the world of science and technology to the needs of local communities, academic partners and organisations in developing countries.
Together with faculties we initiate and work on a number of long-term programmes that are aligned to one or more profiling themes and embedded in the research agendas of VU faculties. Projects and activities that constitute CIS programmes are interlinked and are mutually reinforcing.