Valley with trees

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a public research university in Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded in 1880. The VU Amsterdam is one of two large, publicly funded research universities in the city, the other being the University of Amsterdam.

VU Amsterdam has been ranked as the most sustainable university in the Netherlands by SustainaBul, and comes in second place overall. This ranking is organised annually by Studenten voor Morgen (Students for Tomorrow). On the basis of a survey, Dutch higher education institutions are assessed on sustainability in education, research, operational management and best practices. Life Terra and VU Amsterdam kicked off a collaboration, and the first graduates got the opportunity to plant trees themselves in March 2023.