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Like-minded and complementary 

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Twente are two like-minded and complementary universities. We find common ground in our shared personal approach to teaching and research, our service to society and our pride in the value of the academic community. This like-mindedness ensures that we can educate talents and develop relevant educational programmes and research projects together.

Our close cooperation started in 2019 with the launch of the joint bachelor's programme 'Mechanical Engineering' in Amsterdam. This will ensure a wider geographical spread of academic technology education and more highly educated technical staff.


Our cooperation and ambitions are based on four specific elements.

Ambition document

In this ambition document you can read how Vrije Universiteit (VU Amsterdam) and the University of Twente (UT) will collaborate more intensively in the areas of education, research and valorisation. We have a strong shared drive to make a difference in four societal areas: “Resilience“, “Sustainability”, “Talent” and “Smart Societies”.

More information about both universities can be found on the website of the VU and the UT.