On 8 January 1632, Gerardus Vossius opened the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, with his inaugural lecture ‘De historiae utilitate’ (On the usefulness of history). The next day, Caspar Barlaeus gave his famous lecture on the wise merchant, ‘Mercator Sapiens’.
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The University Library is located in a number of buildings all over Amsterdam. Apart from the central University Library (UB) on the Singel there are individual faculty libraries, and together they hold around four million volumes and a large collection of manuscripts.
The UvA has four campuses located across Amsterdam. Some classes are in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories.
Amsterdam has a thriving student community with various student associations. There are plenty of associations and activities for students to participate in alongside their studies.
The Amsterdam School of Economics is part of a select group with a 'Triple Crown', accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. Worldwide, only 1% of all business schools/faculties with business programmes (approximately 14,000) have managed to achieve this prestigious status.
The study programme is very diverse and gave me a broad overview of the subject that I decided to study. The professors are experts in their field and the international environment added a lot of positive experiences to my time at UvA. The classes are very competitive and develop analytical and critical thinking skills.
Xenophobic, cold, take all the credits when the students are the reason why the uni works since we have more self-studies than classes and the prof don't take much questions nor have time because they are working on other projects
It’s been quite a ride. The university is great. With super nice and welcoming lecturers, a super international surrounding and many very new study spaces the uni creates an overall nice learning environment. But it’s not suiting for anyone that’s not up for a challenge. Uva is super demanding and expects you to do lots of your study by yourself. Especially in comm sci,...
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