University of Amsterdam

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The University of Amsterdam ( Dutch: Universiteit van Amsterdam), short UvA is a religiously bound University in Amsterdam.

She counted in 2009, more than 32,000 students and nearly 4,000 employees and a budget of nearly 600 million euros. Making it one of the largest universities in the Netherlands and is also greater than the Free University of Amsterdam with a capacity for about 16,000 students.

As a predecessor of the university is the Athenaeum Illustre, which was founded in 1632. Was officially recognized as a place of higher education, the school in 1815, renamed the University of Amsterdam ( UvA ), it was 1877. Until 1961, the mayor of Amsterdam was rector of the university, the professors were appointed by the City Council. Since this year, the UvA is funded by the Dutch government and managed.

International reputation

The International Times ranking has led the University of Amsterdam in 2009 to rank 49 of the world's existing universities. This is the best Dutch position in this university ranking. Here, the UvA performs particularly well in the areas of social sciences ( world rank 32) and arts and human sciences ( world rank 31) from.

Results of the Times rankings in recent years:

In the well-known Shanghai Ranking 2010, the University performs particularly well in the field of economics. It divides the world to rank 51 with renowned universities such as the London Business School or the University of Zurich.

In the QS Top Business Schools 2010 ranking, part of the University of Amsterdam Business School occupies the space 42 in Europe.

In recognized Tilburg University Top 100 Worldwide Economics Schools Research Ranking (2005-2009), the University world ranking 28

In the global QS World University Rankings 2010, the University of Amsterdam took the 56th rank worldwide. This represents the best placement of a Dutch university in this ranking

In the global QS World University Rankings by Subject 2011 ranking ( by subject ) finished the University of Amsterdam, the highest rank of all Dutch universities in the fields of linguistics ( 22 worldwide), Sociology ( 33 ), philosophy ( 37 ), Geography ( 40 ) and computer science ( 47 ). The UvA also finished top 50 rankings in the areas of Economics & Econometrics ( 44th, second best Dutch placement), and Accounting & Finance ( 45th, second best Dutch placement).

Furthermore belongs to the University of the Group of leading research universities in Europe (League of European Research Universities ).

In collaboration with the University Library of the UvA, the Persmuseum (Dutch Press Museum ), the NIOD, the ISSG, and the Katholiek Documentatiecentrum ( "Catholic Documentation Centre " KDC), a collection of magazines from the period 1896-1949 with a total of 15,238 pages were compiled.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and computer science
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Nobel Laureate

Notable students and faculty

  • Paul Scheffer
  • Klaus Schoenbach
  • Frederick Schram
  • Jan Jacob Slauerhoff
  • Karin Spaink
  • Mirjam Sterk
  • Abram de Swaan
  • Humberto Tan
  • Ed van Thijn
  • Maarten van Traa
  • Joop den Uyl
  • Heike Lien Verrijn Stuart
  • Simon Vestdijk
  • Michael van der Vlis
  • J. J. Voskuil
  • Gerhard Johannes Vossius
  • Jouke de Vries
  • François de Waal
  • John Diderik van der Waals
  • Adrianus Warmenhoven
  • Mieke van der Weij
  • Joop Wijn
  • David Wijnkoop
  • Dick Willems
  • Mabel Wisse Smit
  • Pieter Zeeman
  • Frits Zernike