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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is working to scale back its accommodations for education and research from a total of around 85 buildings to four innovation districts in the city. With so many properties scattered around the city, fragmentation is inevitable. Moreover, several properties are in poor condition, not equipped to meet the demands of modern-day teaching and research and lack the space needed for cross-disciplinary collaboration. 
Real Estate Development: Directors of Spatial Campus Development

Real Estate Development at the University of Amsterdam revolves around campuses and buildings that encourage meeting and interaction, co-creation and interdisciplinary scientific practice. It's about providing adequate facilities, high-quality spaces, excellent accessibility, and an open connection with their surroundings and the city centre.

Four city locations

Approximately 15 years ago the UvA began scaling back these myriad premises to four open city campuses, each with its own core location:

  • University Quarter at and around the Binnengasthuis premises for the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Roeterseiland for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics and Business;
  • Amsterdam Science Park for education and research in the natural sciences;
  • Amsterdam UMC location AMC and the medical sciences programmes in Amsterdam-Zuidoost.

Blurring traditional boundaries

Clustering education and research in this way serves to blur traditional boundaries – boundaries between the faculties, between the university as an institution and other organisations, and between the university and society as a whole. And this is what makes it the place where societal issues can be discussed and debated and where innovative teaching and pioneering research take place.