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On Thursday, 10 February 2011, students from Amsterdam University College (AUC), a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the VU University Amsterdam (VU), drove the symbolic first pile to mark the beginning of the construction of the new AUC building at Science Park Amsterdam.

On Thursday, 10 February 2011, students from Amsterdam University College (AUC), a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the VU University Amsterdam (VU), drove the symbolic first pile to mark the beginning of the construction of the new AUC building at Science Park Amsterdam. This special event reflected the international character of the AUC. Prior to the driving of the first pile, there were short presentations by: Dr Carolien Gehrels (councillor for Economic Affairs, Arts and Culture, Amsterdam city council), Mr Paul Doop (vice-president of the UvA Executive Board), Prof. Marijk van de Wende (dean AUC) and Jesse Hettema (AUC Student Council president).

The 6,000 square metre building was designed by the architectural firm Mecanoo. The building symbolises a ‘home for students’, but also fits in with the businesslike architecture of other buildings at Science Park. It is a sustainable building. This is reflected in the use of heat/cold storage and concrete core activation, and a sedum/moss roof that provides insulation and water storage. The building was commissioned by the UvA and the main contractor is construction company M.J De Nijs & Zonen BV.

The building will officially open in 2012. The AUC, which welcomed its first batch of students in 2009, is currently housed in a building in the Plantage district of Amsterdam.

About the AUC

Amsterdam University College (AUC) was established in 2009 as a joint excellence initiative of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. AUC’s motto is Excellence and Diversity in a Global City. It offers an international liberal arts and sciences programme that crosses the boundaries of languages, cultures and academic disciplines. As a selective and residential honours colleges, it attracts students from all over the world. They engage on a daily basis in intensive and small-scale seminars with high caliber international staff. Discussions start from ‘Big Questions in Science and Society’ and lead to in-depth study in a wide range of disciplines. For further information go to the AUC website via the linke below

About Science Park Amsterdam

Science Park Amsterdam, an area of approximately 70 hectares, is an international science knowledge centre developed by the UvA, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Amsterdam city council. The Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, NIKHEF, AMOLF and CWI research institutes, and SARA Computing and Networking are all housed at the Science Park. In addition, approximately one hundred companies in the fields of life sciences, ICT and business services are located there.
For further information click on the link below.