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Over the past few months VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have engaged in a serious and intense debate about the future of academic teaching and research in the sciences in the Amsterdam region. Both universities are fully committed to jointly building a strong science entity, and collaborating closely to achieve this.

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The Executive Boards of VU and the UvA have thus asked their respective science faculties to work together in the implementation of this ambition. The newly appointed dean Karen Maex and the vice-deans of the science faculties will identify the opportunities, with a view to combining the strength of both universities in the areas of teaching on the one hand and research and development (R&D) on the other. This will result in a plan of action for each area; the timing for the teaching and R&D action plans may vary. In these plans, the concerns of the students and the employees will be incorporated and taken into account. The Executive Board of the UvA has therefore asked its student and employee councils to report swiftly on the decision to establish the Amsterdam Faculty of Science and the underlying argumentation of the Joint Council Meeting of 20 December 2013.

The Executive Boards will support the dean and her team with the administrative framework, thus facilitating the realisation of the shared ambition, and allowing for collaboration and the creation of a strong science cluster in Amsterdam. Ultimately, the new cluster will be a major contender in the international academic field and will attract talented students and scientists from all over the world. It will also be a coveted partner for state-of-the-art technical, production and research organisations in the decades to come.