VU Amsterdam

The Vrije Universiteit (literal translation from Dutch: "Free [as in liberty] University") is a university in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch name is often abbreviated as VU and in English the university uses the name "VU University". The university is located on a compact urban campus in the southern part of Amsterdam in the Buitenveldert district. Though a faith-based institution, the VU receives government funding on a parity basis with the public universities. The university should not be confused with the University of Amsterdam, which is a different university, located in the same city. That university was formerly owned and operated by the City of Amsterdam, but is now one of the public universities in the Netherlands. The VU has about 22,738 students, most of whom are full-time students. The number of faculty members and researchers is 2,764 (excluding personnel at VU University Medical Center). Teaching and research activities are supported by 1,905 administrative, clerical, technical, and other employees. The university's annual budget is around US$500 million, about two thirds of which comes from the Dutch government.

Address
De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Website
http://www.vu.nl/
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrije_Universiteit_Amsterdam
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Earth Sciences

Irreversible hotter and drier climate over inner East Asia

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Electronics & Semiconductors

Trillion-transistor chip breaks speed record

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Materials Science

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Astronomy

New Hubble data explains missing dark matter

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Astronomy

Rapid-forming giants could disrupt spiral protoplanetary discs

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Space Exploration

Europe signs $102M deal to bring space trash home

The European Space Agency says it is signing a 86 million-euro ($102 million) contract with a Swiss start-up company to bring a large piece of orbital trash back to Earth.

Oncology & Cancer

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Archaeology & Fossils

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Neanderthal thumbs were better adapted to holding tools in the same way that we hold a hammer, according to a paper published in Scientific Reports. The findings suggest that Neanderthals may have found precision grips—where ...