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Starting in the 2014–2015 academic year, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam will offer a joint Master’s in Entrepreneurship. Graduates of the programme will receive a Master's degree from both universities (joint degree).

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In the programme, students will learn to broaden their views on enterprise and entrepreneurship from an academic perspective and with a focus on research-based education. Students will also develop the mentality and skills required for good entrepreneurship. The emphasis will be on three forms of enterprise: new commercial businesses, entrepreneurship within organisations and initiatives aimed at solving societal problems. 

Economic and social value

Over the last twenty years, entrepreneurship has developed significantly as an academic discipline. The academic world initially saw entrepreneurship as a purely economic phenomenon. Entrepreneurship, however, not only has economic consequences, but also clear ramifications for society. Another aspect is the fact that entrepreneurs are not only interested in making (maximum) profits, but also wish to generate value for society, for instance from an idealistic standpoint.


‘All of this demands a multidisciplinary approach that makes entrepreneurship accessible as a course of study to students from a variety of academic backgrounds. The new joint Master’s, the result of the combined efforts of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam, has such an approach,' says Prof. Willem Verschoor, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at VU University Amsterdam. 

Prof. Han van Dissel, dean of the UvA's Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), adds: 'Entrepreneurship is not so much a question of running a business, but principally one of generating value and creating innovation. This philosophy is expressed in our new Master's programme. It is precisely in unstable or "perilous" circumstances that entrepreneurs come into their own, and can make important contributions with their initiatives. By combining high academic quality with practical enterprising skills, our students gain the theoretical and practical knowledge that they will need as entrepreneurs in practice.'

The Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), in which the UvA and VU University have been successfully collaborating for some time, is the foundation of the new Master's programme. In conjunction with companies, NGOs and the City of Amsterdam, the ACE looks at urgent issues affecting society and the business community. 

First joint Master’s

The Master’s in Entrepreneurship is the first joint Master's programme offered by the UvA and VU University. The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has already approved the degree programme registration request.

The English-language programme lasts one year, and students are taught by both UvA and VU lecturers at the economics faculties of both universities.