| The UvA, the Universiteit van Amsterdam (in
English: University of Amsterdam) is THE University of Amsterdam
and should not be confused with the Vrije Universiteit (although
also located in Amsterdam), which is often referred to as
VU University Amsterdam. This is obviously an utterly preposterous name; expand the acronym and read: Vrije
Universiteit University Amsterdam.
To make things worse, now (Spring 2012) there are far reaching intentions to merge to two science faculties of UvA and VU (or VUUA, if you wish so). This makes me think of the newspaper article published by Bastiaan Bommeljé in NRC Handelsblad, 03-09-2011. Read the first and second parts.
In the mean time (July 2013) the boards of the UvA and VUUA have decided to move on with the megalomanic merger. Solid arguments in favour of it are still not giving. The decision is based on dreams, wishful thinking and all kinds of very well substantiated criticism is simply ignored. The whole procedure is of a sick making poverty, not more than continuously repeating "big is better", which is qualified by Ewald Engelen as "bull shit" (Het Parool, 6 July 2013).
In December 2013 the Gezamenlijke Vergadering had to decide on the merger plans. Thanks to the students(!) in this council the plans have been rejected. Nevertheless there still seems to be some pressure from 'above' to have the plans realised in an alternative form, supported in the organisation from bottom up, as it is called. But with pressure...