Our research and education programmes span the entire spectrum of science, ranging from sciences to humanities, social sciences to medical sciences and from law to business economics.
All disciplines interrelate within four different societal themes: the Connected World, Governance for Society, Human Health and Life Science and Science for Sustainability. This is how VU Amsterdam encourages multidisciplinary cooperation and aims to contribute to address the societal issues of today and the challenges of tomorrow.
Over the coming years, the university will be focusing particularly on strengthening the link between science and society. As part of its work analysing social issues and searching for solutions, the university has identified four themes, as described in our Strategy 2020-2025:
1. Human Health & Life Sciences
2. Governance for Society
3. Science for Sustainability
4. Connected World
By focusing its teaching and research activities on these four themes, VU Amsterdam is creating a clearer profile for students, researchers, businesses, funding agencies, government bodies and other (knowledge) partners. The themes are, in part, based on the identity of the university and its core values. These themes not only make us more distinctive as an institution, but they also encourage cooperation across the boundaries of academic disciplines.
The way in which science relates to business, and vice versa, is constantly changing. Contemporary social issues are increasing in complexity and require a more multi-disciplinary approach. The scientists and professionals of the future must be able to cooperate with others beyond the boundaries of their own specialist fields. Science is increasingly being challenged to justify its role in society. As a university, we need to ask ourselves how we should handle this development. How can we integrate scientific and technological developments into our culture as a university, and what does this mean for people, their values and identities?