- University of Amsterdam
name = University of Amsterdam
native_name = Universiteit van Amsterdam
image_size = 150px
latin_name = Athenaeum Illustre
established = 1632/1877
type = Public
affiliation = EUA, LERU, UNICA
president = Dr K. van der Toorn
head_label = Rector Magnificus
head = Prof. Dymph van den Boom
faculty = 2,065 (2006) [cite web |title=Facts and figures |publisher=University of Amsterdam |url=http://www.english.uva.nl/about_the_uva/object.cfm/objectid=72E6222D-BB8D-4422-BE6EED18096AC35B |accessdate=2008-01-27]
students = 25,667 (2006) [cite web |title=Total enrolment (sic) |publisher=Corporate Controlling / Institutional Research UvA |date= 2007-02-12 |url=http://cf.bc.uva.nl/facts/english/education/enrolment.htm |accessdate=2008-01-27]
website = [http://www.uva.nl/ www.uva.nl]
The University of Amsterdam ("Universiteit van Amsterdam" in Dutch) is a comprehensive research
universitylocated in the heart of the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. With a budget of €487 million, over 25,000 students and around 5,000 staff in 2006, the UvA is one of the major universities in Europe. There are seven faculties, Humanities, Social and Behavioral sciences, Economy, Law, Science, Medicineand Dentistry. It has a strong internationalization programme and offers over 85 English Master programmes taught in English, as well as a number of Dutch and English language courses. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) should not be confused with Amsterdam's second university, the VU University.
The commonly-held predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, the "Athenaeum Illustre" (Latin - the illustrious
Athenaeum) was founded in the 14th-century Agnietenkapel in Amsterdam in 1632, to educate students in History and Philosophy. Professors lectured publicly and tutored privately. In January 1632 two internationally acclaimed scientists, Caspar Barlaeusand Gerardus Vossius, held their inaugural speechs here. In the course of the seventeenth century, Law, Medicine and Theology were introduced in the curriculum. Alumni (whilst it was still the Athenaeum) include Cornelis Petrus Tiele.
The Athenaeum remained a small institution until the nineteenth century, with no more than 250 students and eight teachers. This situation changed only slowly. In 1815 the Athenaeum Illustre was legally acknowledged as an institute of higher education. In 1877, it became the "Gemeentelijke Universiteit van Amsterdam" (GU or 'Municipal University') and was permitted to confer higher degrees. The
professors were appointed by the city counciland the mayorpresided over the university administration. Because the Amsterdam city council was noted for its progressive politics this scheme guaranteed a large degree of intellectual freedom for the university.
"Universiteit van Amsterdam"
Very little then changed until 1961, when the national
governmenttook control of financial responsibility. The university ceased to be the "Gemeentelijke Universiteit" and finally became the "Universiteit van Amsterdam".
In 1969 the university became nationwide news when the university's administrative center at the "Maagdenhuis" was occupied by students who wanted more democratic influence. During the seventies and eighties the university was often the target of nationwide student actions.
The International School for Humanities and Social Sciences is a center for international education that offers all courses in English.
Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute
The institute is named after the Dutch astronomer
Antonie Pannekoek. The principle areas of research at the group are:
#The formation and evolution of single and binary stars
stars and stellar wind
Cosmologyand the early universe
#Faint variable sources
In addition, the institute is home to the
LOFARTransients Key Science Project.
Wubbo de Boer, president of OHIM
Els Borst, former minister of Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Ad Melkert, former minister of Social Affairs and Employment
Jacqueline Cramer, minister of Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
Guusje ter Horst, minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations
Jouke de Vries, runner-up candidate for PVDA leadership in 2002, currently professor at the University of Leiden
Pat LaMarche, United States Vice Presidential Candidate in 2004, currently Bangor Daily NewsColumnist and Author
Anton Pannekoek, Dutch communistand astrophysicist
Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer, mathematician
Frits Zernike, Nobel Prize in Physics 1953
Christiaan Eijkman, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1929
M.A. Mendes de Leon, gynaecologist
Menno ter Braak, writer
Willem Frederik Hermans, writer
J. Slauerhoff, writer
Simon Vestdijk, writer
Boudewijn Sirks, Roman lawspecialist
Max Euwe, World Chess Champion 1935–1937
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