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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the University of Edinburgh have reinforced their commitment to European partnerships by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA). As part of the agreement, both universities commit €90,000 of funding over the next three years. The funds will support student and staff collaboration and activity in various of areas.

Credits: Nic Cameron/University of Edinburgh

These include artificial intelligence and law; logic, cognition and ageing; energy and carbon capture and sustainability. Edinburgh Vice Principal Professor Jonathan Seckl and UvA Rector Magnificus Karen Maex signed the MoA on behalf of their respective universities. 

Long-term partners

The MoA flows from the UvA’s Strategic Framework, which articulates the university’s ambition to strengthen existing partnerships with excellent partner universities in areas of research. 

The UvA and University of Edinburgh have been long-term partners for some time now. In 2013, the universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate student exchange. Both institutions also regularly organise joint professional training programmes for staff, such as the fourth international Staff Week, which will take place in 2019. 

Besides collaborative programmes in the areas of student mobility and CPD, the universities’ researchers also work together on joint research projects in a number of scientific areas. These projects have resulted in a substantial number of joint publications. 

UvA Rector Magnificus Karen Maex and Edinburgh Vice Principal Jonathan Seckl sign the Memorandum of Agreement (Credits: Nic Cameron/University of Edinburgh)

The MoA builds further on this solid foundation by stimulating collaborative research in three selected areas: artificial intelligence and law; logic, cognition, brain development and ageing; and sustainable ecosystem function. These areas have been selected due to mutual complementary strengths and the potential for research synergy.

Partner universities

As an international university, the UvA is home to students and researchers from a wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds. The UvA is firmly rooted in Amsterdam, a multicultural European capital with a strongly innovative, entrepreneurial vibe. Internationalisation within the UvA is primarily intended to enhance the quality of teaching & learning and research, and to promote a sense of community among students and staff. 

The UvA has built up a robust network of prestigious partner universities worldwide. This puts it in an excellent position to step up cooperation efforts in areas which are likely to yield new synergies, such as research priority areas, and achieve high-impact research outcomes. The UvA is a key player in the university networks LERU and U21, which will raise its profile internationally.