VUmc has a strong international profile both in research and education which is reflected in its strong citation scores, its extensive international network, the high number of students doing part of their traineeships abroad, an English taught minor as an integral part of the regular medicine program, its international research master programs, and the specialized continuation courses offered abroad.
The high quality of research and education at VU University Amsterdam and its Faculty of Medicine can be demonstrated by its excellent performance in international rankings. In the 'Academic Ranking of World Universities' (ARWU) 2015, or the Shanghai Ranking, VU University Amsterdam holds a position 98. Moreover, VU University Amsterdam's ranks 41 world-wide in the disciplines Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy.
The research of VUmc is dedicated to five focus areas: cancer & immunology, neurosciences, cardiovascular disease, public health, primary care & long-term care and movement sciences.
VUmc is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands, with 45.000 admissions and more than 400.000 outpatient consultations per year.