City as campus
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the city of Amsterdam are closely intertwined. The city is an obvious and ideal environment for the UvA: ‘the city is our campus’. However, the fact that the University buildings are located at numerous separate locations leads to too much fragmentation. Moreover, many buildings have, over the years, become less suitable for contemporary academic education and research. The UvA is therefore concentrating its real estate development in a limited number of areas in Amsterdam:
- Science Park (project completed): Faculty of Science (FNWI), University Sports Centre (USC) and Amsterdam University College (AUC)
- Roeterseiland (in progress): Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Faculty of Law (FdR) and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- City Centre / Oudemanhispoort and Binnengasthuisterrein (in progress): Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam-Zuidoost (project completed): Amsterdam Medical Center (UvA-AMC)
- Zuidas (project completed): Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
Real estate development policy
There are two criteria underpinning the UvA’s real estate development policy:
related academic study programmes of a faculty should be offered at one location;
interaction is central, both between students and staff, and between the University and its surroundings.
Sufficient and good-quality facilities for all students and staff members can only be created if we use the opportunities that exist in a smart and efficient manner. Limiting University buildings to five areas contributes to this goal. The growth and contraction of study programmes can be absorbed in an efficient manner on a campus: a significant advantage over the current real estate situation.