The UvA is a leading research-intensive university, where high-quality research takes place across the full breadth of the university and where teaching and research are inextricably linked. The UvA carries out high-quality research, and in order to maintain that high level of quality and retain its leading international position, the UvA has developed a strategic framework with a number of new areas of focus.
Sharper positioning of the UvA research lies at the heart of that framework. This means more focused choices based on the uniqueness and competitive advantage of research in institutes and groups. It also means more effective alignment with social and economic issues outside the UvA. Furthermore, the UvA will continue to invest in state-of-the-art research facilities that will improve the quality of research. The UvA considers scientific integrity and open science to be essential prerequisites for the quality of research.
The UvA will be focusing more on its relative position in the implementation of its research policy, with the uniqueness and the intellectual footprint of UvA research being the guiding principle. This relates to the specific input and UvA perspective within the scientific disciplines, and may include an emphasis on specific subjects or a focus on specific methods, working within specific paradigms, a multi- or interdisciplinary approach, etc. The research strategy for the coming years will place more emphasis on that intellectual footprint as a foundation for positioning UVA research.
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Part of a more strategic positioning of research is to more effectively connect UvA research to societal issues. Although much of the research carried out at the UvA is already inspired by social or economic issues, the UvA is keen to increase its involvement with civic organisations and issues. The key principle is that academic research and social issues should reinforce one another.
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In order to carry out high-quality research, state-of-the-art research facilities are more important than ever. The UvA will continue to invest in specific research facilities at the various campuses. The aim is to provide excellent facilities for researchers, partly by concentrating research facilities and infrastructure (in Amsterdam).
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Academic integrity, or research integrity, is a prerequisite for the quality of the research and for scientific progress. The UvA endorses the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the principles of honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence and responsibility, and the duty of care referred to therein.
The UvA shares the view that open science promotes scientific progress and supports the goals of open science. However, the UvA considers it vital that open science offers real added value for science and does not harm the interests of the UvA and its researchers.
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