Kuyper Year at VU Amsterdam
It has now been 140 years since Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) founded Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The university will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the 2020/2021 academic year with a host of activities inspired by Kuyper’s extraordinary legacy.
Who was Abraham Kuyper?
Kuyper was a social entrepreneur, a champion of diversity and a fighter for democracy. These three themes will therefore be at the heart of all the activities taking place. Kuyper’s seemingly tireless activism in reshaping society through politics, education, the church, academic endeavour and the press remains a source of inspiration to this day. Not only within VU Amsterdam but also far beyond.
|“Politicians need to avoid developing a bookkeeper’s mentality. I agree with the democrat Kuyper when he says: governance and administration are two separate things.” |
- Kathleen Ferrier (chairperson National UNESCO committee and member steering committee Kuyper Year)
|“If Abraham Kuyper were to walk in here suddenly, I would tell him that he founded a fantastic university and that I am proud to follow in his footsteps 140 years later.” |
- Vinod Subramaniam (Rector Magnificus VU Amsterdam)