On this page you can find key documents about UvA policy including our Strategic Plan and Vision on Teaching and Learning. Key policy documents on education such as our Vision on Teaching and Learning and finance documents such as the annual Budget can be found in separate sections.
The key pillars underlying the Strategic Plan 'Boundless Curiosity' are education, research and innovation, which are supported by an effective talent policy/HRM, finances and infrastructure.
The University of Amsterdam is the place for national and international students, lecturers and scientists, and has close ties to researchers and institutions abroad. Our five thousand staff members and thirty thousand students from more than one hundred countries work at campuses that bring together a wide range of disciplines. We have an international perspective and inquisitive attitude, which explains the title of the Strategic Plan: Boundless Curiosity.
This policy paper describes the governance model of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). For a well-functioning quality assurance cycle, it is essential that everyone in the University knows who is responsible at what level, and which duties and powers have been delegated throughout the organisation.
It is important not only to clearly describe these responsibilities, duties and powers, but also that all those involved act accordingly. Only then can managers be held accountable and will there be a true culture of quality. The UvA has chosen to describe this structure in its governance model. As well as a description of the allocation of responsibilities, duties and powers, the governance model includes a description of the governance of teaching and participation in decision-making.
The UvA believes that maximising the impact of the knowledge generated by its researchers is one of its primary responsibilities. Knowledge acquired through research or education should be used to social or economic benefit. These guiding principles underpin the UvA’s valorisation strategy, activities and facilities.
The policy of the UvA regarding knowledge valorisation is recorded in the 2018 UvA Regulations Governing Knowledge Utilisation 2018 and the policy document Valorisation at the University of Amsterdam. The Guide to the Regulations Governing Knowledge Utilisation offers a practical summary of this policy. The guide introduces the various ways that you can utilise knowledge as a researcher, what your rights and obligations are, which procedures apply and how Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) can support you in matters concerning knowledge utilisation.
Scientific research forms the foundations upon which knowledge and expertise is developed at the UvA. The UvA can share its knowledge in countless ways, and with innumerable parties. This is sometimes limited to the academic world, either through teaching or the production of academic publications. Another common example is the utilisation of knowledge in a broader social context, by companies, institutes and citizens. For instance, through collaboration with third parties (profit and non-profit), by issuing licences, transferring patents or by moving knowledge to a spin-off company.
The Regulations Governing Knowledge Utilisation are specifically concerned with the latter form: utilising knowledge for payment. Sharing knowledge and research findings for the benefit of society is another form of valorisation, and IXA can also advise and support researchers in this field.
IXA is the department responsible for implementing the UvA’s valorisation policy. The organisation unites the supply and demand of knowledge. In 2014, the Knowledge Transfer Offices (KTO) of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC began collaborating closely within IXA. Each institution has its own dedicated IXA team with staff and expertise relevant for the institution. In the case of the UvA, these are subsidy advisors, business developers and lawyers. Contact the IXA team for e.g. advice and support regarding applying for research subsidies, protecting knowledge and innovations (patents), (contract) negotiations and collaboration with third parties, and launching a spin-off. More information about IXA’s activities and the team is available on www.ixa.nl.
Because researchers from the UvA, AUAS, VU and Amsterdam UMC are collaborating with increasing regularity, the decision has been taken to harmonise the various valorisation regulations. This resulted in the Regulations Governing Knowledge Utilisation2018, which replaces the Regulations Governing Valorisation 2014. These new regulations apply to all utilisable knowledge developed after 1 June 2018 and registered with IXA. With regard to the UvA, the new regulations entail minimal changes. The regulations does not apply to academic publications or books.
The Regulations Governing Ancillary Activities 2014 remain unchanged. The Guide to the 2018 Regulations Governing Knowledge Utilisation offers a practical summary of the new regulations. The Guide is not yet available in English but you can find the Dutch version here.
Internationalisation within the UvA is intended to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and research and to promote a sense of community among students and staff.
As the UvA has become increasingly international over the past decade, internationalisation is a strategic theme in the UvA’s Strategic Plan ‘Boundless Curiosity’, which sets out the University’s strategy for the 2015-2020 period. Because some of the Strategic Plan’s objectives can only be achieved by focusing on stimulating the University's international orientation, a Strategic Framework for Internationalisation was developed in 2012 and updated in 2017.
The 2017 version focuses on quality and also takes into account the impact of internationalisation on Dutch students and staff. The primary objectives are:
On 10 March 2015, the UvA’s Executive Board presented a ten-point plan. Here you can read about the background to the plan and what has been achieved after two years.