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Last Friday, the SustainaBul, the national sustainability ranking for higher education institutes, was announced. The UvA finished in third place out of 32 participating institutions. This result shows we are taking good steps in the field of sustainability and motivates us in our mission to become more sustainable.

An image of the results of the 2021 SustainaBul Ranking. Click on the image to download the full benchmark report, including these results (in Dutch).
An image of the results of the 2021 SustainaBul Ranking. Click on the image to download the full benchmark report, including these results (in Dutch).

Sustainability is a key issue for the UvA. We have a crucial responsibility in accelerating sustainable change in society, and as an institution, we want to be at the forefront of sustainability. That is why sustainability has a prominent role in our Strategic Plan and why we published the sustainability white paper this year. In this plan, we present five sustainability objectives and concrete measures to make our education, research and operational management more sustainable.

Best practices

The SustainaBul jury praised a number of measures implemented at the UvA. This includes the Create a Course Challenge focused on sustainability of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) and the Sustainability Grant programme of the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) and the IIS. The Sustainability Grant programme supports lecturers in making the curriculum sustainable by means of extra hours and coaching. For example, with the help of the Sustainability Grant programme, Peter van Dam, a lecturer in History, developed a course on the history of the climate crisis (see video below). In addition to finishing third in the SustainaBul ranking as a university, our Sustainability Grant programme is in the top five of best practices.

We are proud of this high placement in the SustainaBul ranking and will keep working on our mission to become more sustainable. You can read more on the ranking at sustainabul.com and learn more about sustainability at the UVA on this site.