VU’s Strategy for 2020-2025 explained 

What course will Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam take in the coming years?

Where does VU stand? And, perhaps even more importantly, what does VU stand for? We provide answers to these questions in the VU Amsterdam Strategy for 2020-2025. In this strategic plan, we make choices based on our history, our identity and the values that underpin every aspect of our work. These choices shed light on how we relate to everyone and everything around us.

In our strategy for 2020-2025, we distinguish three priority areas: sustainable, enterprising and diverse. In addition, we focus on nine aspirations for education, research, knowledge transfer and business operations. We also link our research to society through four profile themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Connected World, Governance for Society, and Science for Sustainability.

For the implementation of the strategy, a strategy team has been set up, which works together with project leaders and numerous employees to achieve our strategic objectives. You will find an overview of these project leaders below.

The first year of implementation is now coming to an end. In this VU Strategy Times, we provide an overview of the many steps we have taken and the results we have achieved. Please watch the video for a graphic representation of the aspirations, priority areas and themes mentioned above.

If you want to know more about the strategy and its implementation, please visit www.vu.nl/strategy  or www.vu.nl/strategie

Priority areas and aspirations

Enterprising

Lead

Erik Boer

Sustainable

Lead

Ivar Maas

Leaders

Ruard Ganzevoort

Nathalie Janssen

Research, Education and Knowledge Transfer

Future-proof forms of education

Lead

Erna Klein Ikkink

Life Long Development

Lead

Brendy Boogaard

Profile themes, Focus and Position

Lead

Peter Beek

Academic reputation

Lead

Richard de Waard

Organization

Digitalization

Lead

Cécile Willems

Social campus

Lead

Stefan Titus

Recognize and reward

Lead

Marjolein Vloothuis

Effective and agile

Leaders

Bart van Leijen

Nynke Rodenhuis