With nearly 30,000 students and 5,000 staff the UvA is one of the four ‘classical’ comprehensive universities in the Netherlands. This means that it offers a very wide range of programmes. ‘Classical’ also means that education is seen as valuable in and of itself, and not just subsumed to the whims of the labour market.
Above all, the UvA wants to provide a place for the development of talent, where students and researchers will be brought into contact with diverging and sometimes conflicting points of view. We see the Univeristy as a place where students learn to think in an original and independent way.