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Facts and figures on diversity at the UvA

With 35,000 students, 6,000 staff and 3,000 PhD candidates, the University of Amsterdam is one of the largest general research universities in Europe. Our goal is to be a learning, working and development environment where everyone feels at home. On this page, you will find a number of specific facts and figures regarding diversity.

These cover the 2019 calendar year and have been sourced from the Institutional Research unit and the UvA Fact Book. Where we refer to ‘male’ and ‘female’ in the text below, we mean those who identified themselves as either male or female when joining as a member of staff or enrolling as a student.


  • 35,000 students
  • 5,500 international students

Of all students, 57% are female and 43% male.

76% of all students have Dutch nationality, 19% a Western nationality and 5% a non-Western nationality.


Of all 6,000 staff, 50% are male and 50% female.

79% of all staff have Dutch nationality, 16% a Western nationality and 6% a non-Western nationality.


Of all professors, 76% are male and 24% female. As of 2019, we aim to have 50% of all vacant professorships filled by women. Each faculty must include their strategy for achieving this in their Strategic Personnel Plan, and in the event a man is selected, they must specify how extensively female candidates were sought (source: Diversity Policy Document).

UvA Fact Book

This virtual fact book contains up-to-date and detailed facts and figures on students, staff, research and funding (available in English only).