Review committee very positive on computer science collaboration UvA and VU

25 February 2016

According to the national review committee Computer Science, the collaboration between the computer science departments of VU and UvA has the potential to 'become one of the worldwide leading institutes for Computer Science'. In its report that was published this February, the committee notes that this is reserved for just a 'few universities'.

The research activities of both VU and UvA are evaluated positively. Several research groups of VU’s Network Institute are considered to be 'world-leading' and the impact of its concentration on tools and open software for societal use is said to be 'simply impressive'. The committee lauds the interdisciplinary outreach, where 'quality is paramount to quantity', and which leads to many successes on university as well as industrial level.

Also UvA’s societal impact is being praised. UvA’s many connections, in- and outside the academic world with universities and (local) industry, create a strong international and influential societal visibility. Collaborations with research institutes such as TNO provide 'an excellent basis to bring research into application'. The large amount of prestigious grants and prizes for UvA researchers confirms the 'long-standing high reputation' of the university’s Informatics Institute.

The Amsterdam based universities jointly presented a report to the review committee to demonstrate their trust in the current collaboration and in their future as partners. The committee is very pleased about this collaboration. It believes that working together will enhance the quality and impact of both research and education.

Qualitiy assessment

The quality assessment was conducted by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). For the period of 2009-2014 the computer science departments of nine Dutch universities and three Dutch research institutes were assessed on research quality, viability and relevance to society. On a scale from 1 to 4, VU and UvA received a 2 'very good' on the first two aspects, on relevance to society they scored a 1: 'world-leading/excellent'. The independent review committee for Dutch computer science research 2009-2014 consisted of researchers from the Netherlands, Germany, England and the United States.

Published by  Faculty of Science