Striving for excellence together

Inquiring minds

FOTO: Ellen Thieme, third-year medical student . Cooperation between hospitals and research institutes in the form of research and graduate schools holds many advantages when it comes to training aspiring researchers. Increasing the scale of scientific research also enables large amounts of data to be analysed within a relatively short period of time. Research and training have been organized in five research and graduate schools accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Centers of expertise

Centers of expertise pull disparate strands of knowledge -together, make this knowledge accessible, and see to it that the information is transferred. They bridge the gap between the development and application of knowledge in the field of patient care. The VU serves as a living encyclopedia for those throughout the region, and at national and international -level. VU University Medical Center participates in several centers of expertise, such as The Netherlands Expert Center for Occupational Dermatoses, the Center for the Development of Palliative Care Amsterdam, and the Interuniversity Center of Expertise on Insurance Medicine.

Research Schools

  • Amsterdam-Leiden Institute for Immunology (ALIFI), through the participation of the Institute for Cancer and Immunology (V-ICI)
  • Cardiovascular Research School Maastricht Amsterdam (CARMA), through the participation of the Institute for Cardiovascular Research (ICaRVU)
  • Graduate School of Neurosciences Amsterdam, through the participation of the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam
  • Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam, through the participation of the Institute for Cancer and Immunology (V-ICI)
  • Netherlands School of Primary Care Research (CaRe), through the participation of the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine (EMGO)


Photo: Ellen Thieme, third-year medical student ."VUmc means a great deal to me, it is both my course of study and my job, through my work in the student association. I feel right at home here, there is a friendly, open atmosphere, and people are receptive to the wishes of the students."

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