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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam)

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THE WUR Rank (2015/2016): 154 (↓18)
URAP Rank (2014/2015): 77 (↑38)
CWTS Leiden Rank (2016): 97 (↓33)
QS Rank (2015/2016): 176 (↓5)
ARWU Shanghai Rank (2016): 101-150 (↓1)
Description:
  • name           = Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam)
  • motto          = Auxilium nostrum in nomine Domini (Our help is in the name of the Lord)
  • established   = 1880
  • type            = private (publicly funded)
  • affiliation      = Protestant
  • endowment   = €450 million (2013)
  • president      = Prof. Jaap Winter
  • rector          = Prof. Frank van der Duyn Schouten
  • city             = Amsterdam
  • country        = Netherlands
  • academic_staff = 2,250 (2012)
  • students      = 24,500 (2012)
  • colors          = Light Blue, White
  • affiliations     = European University Association (EUA), Santander Network
  • website        = www.vu.nl

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (in English: VU University Amsterdam) or '''VU''' is a university in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was founded in 1880 and publicly funded. VU is one of two research universities in Amsterdam, together with the University of Amsterdam.

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The literal translation of the Dutch name ''Vrije Universiteit'' is "Free [as in liberated] University". Both within and outside the University, the institution is commonly referred to as "the VU" (pronounced somewhat like 'vew' as in 'new'). In English, therefore, the university uses the name "VU University".

Though founded as a private, faith-based institution, VU has received government funding on a parity basis with public universities since 1970. Over the past decades, VU has transformed from a small, Protestant institution into a broad, research-intensive university attended by a wide variety of students of diverse backgrounds.

The university is located on a compact urban campus in the southern Buitenveldert neighbourhood of Amsterdam and adjacent to the modern Zuidas business district.

In 2012, VU had about 24,500 registered students, most of whom were full-time students. Measured in FTE (Full-time equivalent), the university had 2,250 faculty members and researchers, who were supported by 1,500 administrative, clerical and technical employees. The university's annual endowment for 2013 is around € 450 million. About three quarters of this endowment is government funding, the remainder is made up of tuition fees, research grants, and private funding.

The emblem of the university is the Griffin. The position of its wings symbolizes the freedom in the university's name: freedom from both state and church.
VU University is made up of twelve faculties, responsible for teaching and research, as well as a number of interdisciplinary research institutes. The faculties are: Arts; Dentistry; Economics and business administration; Earth and life sciences; Human movement sciences; Law; Medicine; Philosophy; Psychology and education; Sciences; Social sciences; and Theology.

Brief description: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (in English: VU University Amsterdam) is a university in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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