2019 VU Amsterdam Annual Report: Profound societal impact

Everyone is currently in the grip of the corona virus crisis. It is also having a major impact on our university and the work that we do. None of this was the case in 2019. In our 2019 Annual Report, we look back on what now seems to be a completely different time.

06/29/2020 | 4:56 PM

At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we attach great importance to the societal impact of our teaching and research. The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020 place us 39th worldwide, out of a total of 768 participating universities. We score particularly well on SDG 13: Climate Action.

Three prominent researchers from VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC - location VUmc have each won the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, worth 2.5 million euros. The ERC Advanced Grant is the largest individual research grant in Europe.
VU Amsterdam researchers also booked tremendous success at the Gravitation Awards 2019: our scientists were the main and co-applicants of four of the six multidisciplinary projects. These projects are being carried out by consortia of various Dutch universities, research institutes and university hospitals.
Yvette van Kooyk, VU Amsterdam professor of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology, received the prestigious Spinoza Prize 2019 for her groundbreaking work in immunology.

2019 also saw another increase in new registrations, with more students than ever starting a degree programme in September. First-year enrolments were up by 18 percent compared to 2018, with 6,179 students embarking on a Bachelor’s programme. Master’s enrolments also rose by nearly 6 percent to more than 5,300 students. A total of 26,370 students were enrolled at VU Amsterdam in 2019, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year.

We shared a first-place spot among general universities in the 2019 National Student Survey.

VU Amsterdam achieved a positive financial result in 2019. Part of the government contributions received in 2019 will be used to create additional scope for teaching and research in the 2020 budget. We are seeing a healthy development in the financial ratios that we are required to meet.

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