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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) will together receive a financial boost as of 2011 to help achieve their joint plans for education and research in physics and chemistry

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) will together receive a financial boost as of 2011 to help achieve their joint plans for education and research in physics and chemistry. Outgoing Secretary of Education, Culture and Science Ms Marja van Bijsterveldt announced this on Tuesday, in the presence of Prof. Douwe Breimer, chairman of the advisory committee.

The Breimer-Commission believes that the UvA and VU have succeeded in drawing up a joint, well-integrated plan. The institutions will together receive 2.88 million euros, in addition to 100,000 euros to spend as they see fit as a reward for the cooperation already shown.

The UvA and VU's successful plan contains an optimally balanced set of proposals for structural investment in education and research in the fields of physics and chemistry. The plan was made as part of the Sector Plan, which is aiming for structural reinforcement of scientific education and research in physics and chemistry at Dutch universities. In Amsterdam, particular attention will be paid to:

- sustainable increase in intake figures;
- improvement of study success rate;
- expansion in study programmes;
- reorientation of the research effort: focus on excellence.

Amsterdam university plan

The remuneration of the joint UvA and VU plan offers support to these universities' serious and realistic vision of the future with Amsterdam as city of science. The deans of the Faculties of Natural Science at the VU, Jan van Mill, and the UvA, Bart Noordam, see the financial support for the Amsterdam plan, therefore, as a huge source of encouragement for the current and future fruitful cooperation.

On behalf of both departments, Bart Noordam said, 'We are very pleased with the recognition for the plan and the financial momentum given which we are free to spend as we see fit.'