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Mission and values

Excellence and Diversity in a Global City

AUC mission

Two major research universities have joined forces to create a liberal arts and sciences undergraduate experience in Amsterdam that demands excellence from its students, preparing them for high-level performance in a 21st-century knowledge economy that is fuelled by innovation, and equipping them for today's globally engaged and culturally diverse society. 

AUC values

A commitment to excellence, diversity and the global perspective defines and drives AUC. We recognise and seek excellence in many forms. Collectively, and as individuals, we should strive for our best, and create the conditions for the success of others. In doing so, we show respect for ourselves, others and our institution, and we aim to work and learn together with honesty and integrity, courage and compassion.

We are committed to strengthening inclusivity and diversity. Our community is inclusive of race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, language, gender and gender expression, sexuality, religious beliefs, political beliefs, age and ability. We acknowledge that systemic racism persists at every level of society and we commit to challenging discrimination and social injustice wherever they occur. We aim to create an environment where every member of our community feels safe and knows their contribution is valued. Different approaches, ideas and values are integral to the creation of a vibrant and challenging learning environment. We encourage dialogue, constructive and cooperative conversations, and an open mind.

Finally, we believe that global perspectives are the key to connectivity, and our students engage proactively with individuals, communities, and organisations around the world. We commit to learning that helps us in combatting global inequality and responding to the climate emergency.