VU – UTEducation & Talent

Talent for Societies

Two universities. One ambition. More social impact.

Working on education and talent of the future

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 Talent for Societies, we meet this need by developing innovative and multidisciplinary education. We also create platforms for research, 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).

Innovative bachelors

In 2019, the joint VU-UT bachelor's programme Mechanical Engineering (ME) started at the VU. The first batch graduated in the summer of 2022 and the majority of the students is now following a master's programme at the UT. In 2023, over 100 students started ME in Amsterdam. Read what students and lecturers think of it and check the joint programme website for more information and the application procedure.

The VU-UT bachelor's programme Creative Technology (CreaTe) started at the VU in 2023 with 45 students. Read what students and teachers think of CreaTe, read why students chose CreaTe in Amsterdam and check the programme website for more information and the enrolment procedure.

Technical master's programmes

Significant growth in the inflow of technical master's programmes at UT is crucial if we are to meet the need on the labour market for highly educated technical specialists. We therefore want to develop a well-functioning system of bridging programmes between the bachelor's programmes at VU Amsterdam and the technical master's programmes at the UT. 

Life-long learning

We are keen to use our cooperation to contribute to the new challenges facing higher education. We are therefore exploring how we can strengthen our national and international Life-long learning proposition within socio-technological academic education. One way to do this, is by linking the existing offerings of both universities and developing new joint propositions. We want to better connect the strengths of both institutions through the following steps, e.g. by knowledge exchange in digitalisation, Life Long Learning offerings from Impact programmes.

Read here the interview with Joost Kok (UT, dean of faculty at EEMCS) and Guus Schreiber (VU, chair of the VU-UT Steering Committee).