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Strategic Plan

Higher education institutions are legally obliged to formulate a strategic plan. The Executive Board therefore adopts an institutional plan once every six years. In this plan, the University of Amsterdam describes its ambitions and proposed strategy for the coming six years.

Why is it important to have a strategic plan?

In the first place because it’s a legal obligation. But even more importantly, a strategic plan provides clarity on the UvA’s direction: what do we want to achieve in the coming years and how do we want to do that? Our mission and core values form the starting point as we work towards our longer term vision. A strategic plan also provides insight into external factors and strategic choices that we must make. A good strategic plan thus provides clarity about our direction and serves as a guide for making decisions about what we will and won’t do, and how we will do that.

Planning horizon

The time frame for the strategic plan is six years. The current strategic plan was established in 2015 and will therefore run until the end of 2020. Preparations for the new strategic plan (2021-2026) will start in the autumn of 2019. The adoption of the new strategic plan is planned for the end of 2020, so that it can take effect from January 2021.

  • Current strategic plan | Status: adopted

    Strategic Plan 2015-2020: Boundless curiosity

    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.

    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.

    Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Midterm review of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

Upcoming conference on 14 November: The UvA on the Threshold of the '20s

View the programme and more information on the new Strategic Plan