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Students at our faculty learn first-hand about the most recent research developments and experience the expertise, enthusiasm and passion with which lecturers practise their discipline. Challenged to explore major scientific issues, they encourage lecturers to continually improve their teaching.
There are many different reasons for students to come to the Faculty of Science. These include an intrinsic interest in fundamental scientific issues, the desire to work on smart applications of scientific knowledge or the drive to contribute to today's major societal issues such as food, health, sustainability and the environment. It is the Faculty’s ambition to cater to these motivating factors with a varied portfolio of degree programmes, many of which are multidisciplinary or even interdisciplinary.
In all cases, the degree programmes stimulate curiosity and creativity, focusing on analytical and critical thinking as well as the students' personal development. Study associations create a vibrant study environment and organise all kinds of discussion meetings relating to a variety of subjects.
Vision on teaching and learning
The Faculty of Science's vision on teaching and learning strongly focuses on training students to use modern equipment and complex data analysis and to familiarise them with working in interdisciplinary teams. Our campus at Science Park is fully equipped for these purposes, featuring labs for practical training in a variety of disciplines. In addition, there are excellent facilities for self-study and preparation of group assignments.
By joining forces with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for several joint degree programmes, we can offer students in Amsterdam a greater choice in elective courses, specialisations and thesis projects. In addition, this collaboration enables us to better differentiate the degree programmes and reduce overlap. In this way, every science student in Amsterdam is offered a broad range of options for compiling their own degree programme.
Graduating from the Faculty of Science (FNWI) does not have to mean the end of your involvement in what happens at the Faculty. Activities for alumni are organised at various times throughout the year, including lectures, networking meetings and further training. These are an opportunity to reconnect with former fellow students, make interesting new contacts and stay abreast of scientific developments in your field.
The Student Impact Centre aims to improve the social engagement of the Faculty's students and strengthen the relationship between the university and the surrounding neighbourhood. The project puts student involvement at its core by giving students a central role in the centre's creation, implementation and development.