Mission, Core Values & Ambitions

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: societal impact
At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we attach great importance to the societal impact of our education and research. Personal development and social involvement are key parts of our vision on education, in which individual differences are seen as a strength. This allows us to develop innovations and insights that contribute to a better world.

VU Amsterdam Strategy 2020-2025 
VU Amsterdam has a strategic plan: Strategy 2020-2025. This strategy is the result of the hard work and dedication of the entire VU Amsterdam community. Strategy 2020-2025 sets out the ambitions, objectives and policy measures for the next five years and describes the four profile themes VU Amsterdam focuses on.

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
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