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The ‘Amsterdam City Technology (ACT)’ proposal submitted by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) together with, among others, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA), Columbia University and IBM, has been shortlisted in the ‘Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)’ design contest. The UvA is involved in four of the five projects on the shortlist.

This was announced by the City of Amsterdam on Wednesday, 19 June. The City launched the contest for a new institute of applied technology to help strengthen the economic structure and livability of the city and region.

Institute for urban technology

The ACT is an institute for city-directed technology that will focus on what is needed in the way of technology, information and facilities by city dwellers. It will offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes (to 200 new top students each year) and conduct research on urban technology, focusing on such areas as energy, water and online data.

UvA involved in four shortlisted projects

The City of Amsterdam received a total of 13 proposals from national and international knowledge institutions and companies, of which five were shortlisted. The UvA is involved in four of these proposals. In addition to the ACT proposal, the other proposals are for an Amsterdam School of Health and Technology (to conduct research and teaching in the area of healthy urban living), a Center for Urban Tech Acceleration (for researchers and businesses active in the area of urban technology) and Nexuslabs Amsterdam (for establishing innovation-focused businesses working towards sustainable urban solutions). The different proposals now proceed to the next round, in which they will be further elaborated upon.

Louise Gunning, president of the UvA & AUAS/HvA Executive Board: ‘I’m extremely proud that the UvA is a partner in no less than four of the five initiatives on the shortlist. A great deal of work has been done to prepare strong proposals that will bring added value to the City of Amsterdam and improve teaching and research in the area of applied technology.’