About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is a leading research university that ranks among the best in Europe. The VU employs many researchers who are among the best in their respective fields, at both national and international level, and for several years has been one of the leading academic research centers in Europe. The VU houses 12 faculties and 14 interdisciplinary research institutes. Through research, education and community service VU seeks to make an important contribution to solving major social problems. Just as important is its task to train young people into critical academics who, motivated by their social involvement, will be able to occupy leading positions in the international and intercultural society of the future. This is why VU places a strong emphasis on the academic formation of students, with a focus on the core values of VU: responsible, open, personally engaged.
One of the faculties of the VU is the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is a broadly disciplined faculty wherein the classic disciplines political sciences, sociology and cultural anthropology as well as the modern terrains of organization, communication and policy have their own respective places. It uses the gathered knowledge in research for their clients and in active participation in societal debates. The faculty participates in projects concerning integrity, safety, societal ageing, religion and many more. Within the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Institute of Societal Resilience focuses on crisis and disaster management and governance. The institute aims to improve our understanding of the fundamental problems societies are facing and how to address them.
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