Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
motto Auxilium nostrum in nomine Domini
founding October 20, 1880
Sponsorship state
place Amsterdam , Netherlands
management Mirjam van Praag (President)
Vinod Subramaniam (Rector)
Students 22,867 (2017)
Employee 2200
including professors 300
Website www.vu.nl
East entrance
Rode Pieper House

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , abbreviated VU ; Latin Universitas Libera (Reformata Amstelodamensis) , German about: "Free University of Amsterdam", was founded on October 20, 1880 in Amsterdam by Orthodox Protestants under the leadership of Abraham Kuyper (the then head of the Anti-Revolutionary Party ) with the intention of a To create a university that is free from influence by state and church and is bound only to the word of God. The word “free” in the name has a different meaning than the “free” in the name of the Free University of Berlin . The Vrije-Universiteit Amsterdam is one of two universities in Amsterdam , along with the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Religious orientation

Until the 1970s, the university was closely linked to the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands , but over the years it acquired a more general Christian character. The bond with Christianity is also indicated in the university's motto, gewoon bijzonder (“simply special”). It is a “simple” (normal) university where research and teaching are carried out, but also a “special” one due to its strong focus on society and life. As a result, among other things, the university has a relatively high proportion of Muslim students, for whom a separate prayer room has also been set up. In addition, VU offered the first imam training in the Netherlands. Because of the high proportion of foreigners, the university gained the reputation of being a haven for “ diversity ”.


The university offers up to 16,000 study places and has nine faculties :

  • Faculty of Medicine (VU medisch centrum, VUmc)
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences
  • Faculty of Beta Sciences (Bètawetenschappen, Exact Sciences)
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Humanities

Well-known graduates

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.vu.nl/en/about-vu-amsterdam/organization/executive-board/index.aspx

Coordinates: 52 ° 20 ′ 2 ″  N , 4 ° 51 ′ 52 ″  E