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’.
University of Amsterdam main goals:
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a leading international research institution that values, promotes and rewards excellent research.
The UvA enables researchers to perform groundbreaking research and combines a broad research palette with quality by investing selectively in research priority areas.
The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. Workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and learning to apply.
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The student assessor takes part in deliberations on centrally executed policy at the UvA, with a focus on teaching and student-related matters. The student assessor attends meetings of the Executive Board and advises the Executive Board, and contributes points for discussion to the administrative agenda.
The student assessor liaises closely with students inside and outside of the representative advisory bodies, acting as a link between management and the student community.
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.
Fitness, speed skating, tennis, aerobics, swimming, dancing, golf, and even parachuting: the USC offers more than 70 sports and activities at discount rates for UvA students and staff.
The USC's main building, the Universum, located in the Amsterdam Science Park, is open seven days a week and boasts a large gym, several halls, a climbing hall, squash courts, a dojo, a sauna and the sports bar.
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There are 5 USC annexes:
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.
A student association is a great way to meet other students, including those from different programmes. Take a look at the links below to find out what kinds of student associations you can join.
Accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS, the Amsterdam School of Economics is part of a select group with a 'Triple Crown'.
Good morning, I studied communication science in Amsterdam. It is a great university and a great program for students. Some aspects that I really liked are for example the direct contact with your teachers and even tho you could only study online because of COVID 19 they tried their best to give you an awesome study experience and to get to know each other as good as...
There is a wide option of courses and many possibilities to enroll in the courses of your choice or minors to broaden your horizons. Communication with teachers and fellow students is usually easy and the univeristy support is also good. Sometimes communication can be slightly messy and there is not a great amount of integrated student life, if you want to go for the full...
Overall my experience at this university has been very nice. My professors are very enthousiastic, the material is very interesting and diverse. The only thing I really thought could be improved (before we all had to study at home) was the level of interaction in working groups. A more open, interactive way of studying would be nice. But other than that, you can really...
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