Educational quality and vision

Educational vision

The Faculty of Humanities has a strong international profile, with teaching and research focused on the study of classical and modern languages, communication and information transfer, art and material culture, heritage, historical traditions and documentation, and philosophical reflection. Teaching and research at the Faculty of Humanities are international and cross-disciplinary.

The faculty’s educational approach fully reflects VU Amsterdam’s core values as expressed in the words personal, responsible and open. The personal aspect finds expression in small-scale forms of education, the attention given to each individual student, and the intensive transfer of knowledge and skills. Both separately and jointly, lecturers and students bear responsibility for the success and the quality of education, and the societal value this generates. Meanwhile, open communication of ideas stimulates debate in education and offers a wide range of opportunities for both interdisciplinary cooperation among teaching staff and a thematic focus on issues specific to the field being taught, both nationally and internationally. Studying primary sources and analysing systematic questions and methods are important characteristics of the faculty’s approach to education.

The goal of the faculty’s programmes is to enable students to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of their programme within Humanities, and to equip them well to start their careers as critically minded professionals. The education offered by the faculty is underpinned by high-level research with demonstrable societal relevance.

Quality of education

Education within the Faculty of Humanities is designed according to the principles of constructive alignment: among other things, this means that content, assessment and forms of education are interrelated. Our lecturers operate as members of educational teams, thus ensuring coherence. Responsibility for the quality of education is borne at faculty level, programme level and course level. Through participation in a range of university bodies, students and teaching staff contribute to the continuous improvement and optimization of education and the educational climate. Our alumni are actively involved in job market orientation and monitoring the content and quality of our degree programmes.

As part of an ongoing cycle, degree programmes are accredited once every six years on the basis of a decision by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) following an external inspection. During the inspection, a peer panel consisting of fellow academics and one student assesses whether the programme meets all the requirements for intended and achieved final attainment levels, the learning environment and assessment. As part of this inspection, a development discussion is held so that the programme can discuss its plans for future development with the panel. The reports of these development discussions are published on this page.