Alliance Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - University of Twente

Two universities. One ambition. More social impact.

More impact on universities, students, the labor market and society

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Twente (UT) are working ever more closely together in the fields of education, research and valorisation. In doing so, we aim to make a major difference in four areas of society: a resilient and secure society, a clean and sustainable society, a smart and digital society and developing talent.  

Two universities. One ambition.
Social impact



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Research & Impact
Resilient and secure society

Secure Societies

This theme is about safety, flexibility, resistance and stability. With the impact programme ‘Secure Societies’, we contribute to strengthening the resilience and security of our society so that it becomes adaptive and remains stable in times of crisis. 

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Clean and sustainable society

Responsible Societies

This theme revolves around a clean and sustainable society. With the impact programme ‘Responsible Societies' we are working on a circular economy, energy neutral developments and adaptive and resilient systems. By doing so, we contribute to an enterprising, healthy and sustainable society that reuses its raw materials.  

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Smart and healthy digital society

Smart Societies

This theme is about a smart and digital society. With the impact programme 'Smart Societies', we focus on the development of new digital technologies and the evaluation of the effects of this digital transformation. By doing so, we contribute to a fair, healthy and sustainable digital society.

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Education and talent of the future

Developing of talent

Society has a great need for highly educated technical staff with a broad orientation and social commitment. Therefore, we want to educate the talents needed for the future.

Within the programme Creating talent for society, we meet this need by developing innovative and multidisciplinary education at bachelor, master, PhD and post-doctoral level.  

We also create platforms for exchange, cross-fertilisation and talent development for our students and staff. In addition, we create opportunities for continuous learning paths for students, staff, alumni and employees (life-long learning).