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What is A Broader Mind for students?
At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam we want our students not only to become ‘something’ like an economist, doctor or biologist. We also want them to become ‘someone. In our view, personal development, academic exploration and societal development are an essential part of the academic education. We want to equip students to be successful and play a meaningful part in this world. This requires students to think about who they are, how they view the world and their role in society, and how they relate to others. It requires them to have ‘A Broad Mind’.
In the A Broader Mind programme, students learn to approach societal issues from a range of academic perspectives. They apply their knowledge to solving pressing social issues through the A Broader Mind course and Community Service Learning, and acquire personal skills such as collaborating across borders.
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With the A Broader Mind programme we fulfil the mission of the VU Amsterdam
“We take responsibility for people and the planet by delivering value driven education, research and knowledge transfer. We imbue students and professionals with knowledge and ‘A Broader Mind’. We pursue pioneering research, both within and across disciplines. As free thinkers with a focus on diversity, purpose and compassion, our students and staff have a deep connection with one another while being fully engaged with society as a whole. This is Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s mission”.