Inspiring, innovative and socially involved
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a state-funded university with about 25,000 students and 2,000 academic staff. With more than 50 Bachelor's degree programmes, one of which is taught in English, and almost 100 Master's degree programmes, of which over 70 are taught in English, VU Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options. The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study and the teaching staff are easily accessible. The VU provides an inspirational educational setting in which students from the Netherlands and abroad can develop their potential to the full.
Reputation and ranking
The Netherlands does not have a ranking system for universities, unlike many other countries. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012, the Netherlands is the third "knowledge country" in the world, with 4 and 12 Dutch universities in the top 100 and top 200 respectively. A range of studies have shown VU Amsterdam to be one of the best universities in the country. At VU Amsterdam, education and research are closely intertwined. High-quality teaching and cutting edge research have given the university a great deal of recognition, enabling it to attract prominent lecturers from within the Netherlands and abroad.
Researchers at VU Amsterdam such as biopsychologist Dorret Boomsma, cancer expert Bob Pinedo and economist Peter Nijkamp have obtained prestigious prizes and subsidy incentives for their groundbreaking work.
VU Amsterdam and "The World's Top 200 Universities Rankings" in Times Higher Education
VU Amsterdam is number 159 in the university league tables in the Times Higher Education Supplement. The Times Higher Education Supplement regularly publishes international rankings for universities and disciplines, basing its findings for one thing on the opinions of other academics and scientists - the peer review score, and students - the recruiter review score. Other factors that counts are the teacher/student ratio, international students score and cited publications.
VU Amsterdam number 101-150 in The Shanghai ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012' report
The Shanghai ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012' report placed VU Amsterdam at number 101-150 within the top 500 of the world's best universities and at number 3-6 at best Dutch Universities > Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2012 - Netherlands