The topic of sustainability is integrated into UvA degree programmes in a wide range of disciplines. Most UvA students will learn about sustainability issues at some point during their studies, whether through course work, university awareness-raising campaigns or student-led initiatives.
Study programmes with a sustainability focus
Programmes with a strong emphasis on sustainability include:
- Bachelor’s: Future Planet Studies (in Dutch)
- Master’s in Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences
- Master’s in Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability
- Master’s in Earth Sciences: Future Planet Ecosystem Science
- Master's in International Development Studies
- Master’s in Physics: Science for Energy and Sustainability
- Minor programme open to all Master’s students: Science for Sustainability
- Minor programme: Sustainability and Economics
Sustainability is also integrated into the curriculum of many other degree programmes. View a full listing of sustainability courses at the UvA.
Awareness-raising and student-led initiatives
Raising awareness about sustainability issues among students takes place through debates, discussions and various initiatives: student-led initiatives such as the Green Office and campus-led initiatives such as promoting waste separation and recycling in UvA cafeterias
UvA Green Office
The UvA Green Office is a student initiative aimed at promoting sustainability at the UvA and raising awareness of the issue among students and employees. Green Office projects are carried out by students, and are either based on assignments from the University or initiatives suggested by students or staff.
Lectures and debates
Students, staff and members of the Amsterdam community regularly take part in lectures and debates on sustainability organised by various UvA faculties and by Room for Discussion, Spui25 or the Green Office.