Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

  • Description
  • Mission and identity

    A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age schoolAthenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and 250 study programmes (Bachelor's and Master's), many of which are taught in English, and a budget of more than 600 million euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. It is a member of the League of European Research Universities and also maintains intensive contact with other leading research universities around the world.

    Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted at seven faculties: the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, with programmes offered in almost every field. Over time, the UvA has risen to international prominence as a research university, gaining an excellent reputation in both fundamental and socially relevant research. The UvA's thriving doctoral programmes provide an excellent foundation for engaging in high-quality teaching and research.

    The UvA seeks to offer an inspiring international academic environment in which both staff and students can develop their talents optimally. Characterised by a critical, creative and international atmosphere, the UvA has a long tradition of open-mindedness and engagement with social issues, in keeping with the spirit of the city with which it is inextricably linked.

    UvA Strategic Plan 2011-2014: An Eye for Talent

    Key figures

    The University of Amsterdam has its origins in the Athenaeum Illustre (1632) and, with more than 32,000 students, over 5,000 employees and an annual budget of almost 600 million euros, is one of the largest general research universities in Europe.

    Study programmes

    • 59 Bachelor's programmes (1 taught in English, 2 offer an English track)
    • 133 Master's programmes  including 58 taught in English  including 23 teacher-training programmes
    • 10 postgraduate programmes

    Research organisation

    Research conducted within the UvA takes place at research insitutes. Each of these institutes is headed by a research director, who is responsible for the level of research and the academic orientation of the the institute. The research budget is awarded through the dean of the faculty. The UvA also participates in a large number of national research schools within which research institutes from other universities particpate. The UvA is the lead organisation of 12 national research schools.

    Research in 2011

    • Number of PhDs awarded: 405
    • Number of scientific publications: 8,713



    Website uva.nl/
    Phone +31.20.525-9111
    Address Spui 21

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