Growing appreciation and interest in UvA/VU joint degree

1 February 2022

Since the beginning of this year, Dr Jocelyne Vreede is the new programme director of the Chemical Sciences Bachelor, which is taught as a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit. Vreede succeeds Dr Sape Kinderman who held the position for over eight years. With a new curriculum and growing appreciation among students, Vreede sees excellent opportunities to further increase the significance of the Amsterdam chemistry study.

Dr Jocelyne Vreede is assistant professor in the Computational Chemistry research group at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences. Photo: FNWI, Liesbeth Dingemans.

Vreede considers it an honour to be involved as programme director with the study that introduced her to chemistry herself. “I had a very good time there back then and now in this position it’s my turn to transfer my enthusiasm for chemistry. To students, teachers, pupils and everyone else involved in the programme.” For Vreede, education is an important aspect of academic work, and she wants to make sure that chemistry students get optimal education. “We started this academic year with a new curriculum. It was developed with great care to deliver chemists with a broad knowledge base, who will have every opportunity to delve into the subjects they find interesting. Now we have to make sure that it is implemented properly together with the entire teaching team from UvA and VU.