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Agreement strengthens links between UEA and VU Amsterdam

A partnership designed to build new opportunities for students has been signed by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam.

UEA Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson, and VU President Professor Jaap Winter, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at UEA on Monday 13 November.

The executive team of VU Amsterdam visited UEA and signed the MoU alongside UEA’s executive team.  Both universities are also founding members of the Aurora network of research-intensive European universities.

The MoU cements the relationship between the two universities and will lead to the development of joint teaching programmes and joint summer schools, enabling students from both universities to spend time studying in Norwich and Amsterdam.

UEA Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson said: “There are very strong links historically between Norwich and the Netherlands and this partnership builds on that common history. Both universities have a shared focus on high quality student experience, social justice and world-class research.

“In an increasingly competitive world we must work together internationally with strategic partners to provide unique experiences and added value in order to achieve this goal of providing the very best educational experience possible. I look forward to building on a productive partnership with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.”

VU President Professor Jaap Winter said: "The University of East Anglia is our closest overseas neighbour. We have together taken the initiative to set up the Aurora network of socially engaged universities and we are delighted that we will now deepen our relationship to the benefit of our students and the quality of our engagement with society through our teaching and research. We have identified numerous opportunities for collaboration. We very much look forward to welcoming UEA students to the programmes on our campus in Amsterdam and have our students follow programmes in Norwich.”