Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam *University


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Foundation: 1880

Mission: At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we attach great importance to the societal impact of our education and research. Personal development and social involvement are key parts of our vision on education, in which individual differences are seen as a strength. This allows us to develop innovations and insights that contribute to a better world.

Vision: VU will be characterized in 2025: as a major research university that conducts internationally outstanding research in a number of fields; by a nationally and internationally competitive range of renowned research Master’s and academic Master’s; as an academic educational institution for Amsterdam and the surrounding area.

History: www.vu.nl

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Overall percentile


Research percentile


Innovation percentile


Societal percentile

Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Universities sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-28OECDNetherlands
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 365th174th170th314th16th
Arts and Humanities 88th35th34th81st5th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 189th54th50th156th9th
Business, Management and Accounting 58th22nd22nd44th4th
Chemistry 454th211th203rd380th22nd
Computer Science 359th139th134th268th9th
Dentistry 12th4th2nd7th1st
Earth and Planetary Sciences 304th151st150th238th11th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 50th17th16th40th2nd
Energy 404th175th175th293rd12th
Engineering 379th164th160th285th16th
Environmental Science 199th68th66th127th6th
Mathematics 377th170th170th283rd11th
Medicine 84th20th20th78th4th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 285th96th90th223rd11th
Physics and Astronomy 420th206th200th351st18th
Psychology 24th8th8th24th3rd
Social Sciences 66th20th19th55th3rd

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatión allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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