Who are we?

Keep Learning
Are you lost for words in a French bakery? Have you always wanted to take an ‘Introduction to philosophy’ course? Or is it time you turned your dream of building your own web-site into reality? Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam is happy to help you on your way. Our courses, workshops, lectures and guided tours offer all kinds of possibilities for you to increase your knowledge or skills. The most important question is: What do you want to learn next?

Then and now
Stichting Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam (‘Amsterdam people’s university foundation’) was set up in 1913 as a charitable foundation (NGO). The founders had an idealistic aim: to reduce the social gap between the working class and the elite. Although a lot has changed in the intervening years, for more than a century Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam has been furthering the skills and knowledge of the people of Amsterdam and the surrounding area. This is made possible by the team of experienced and inspiring teachers we employ and our continuing open access policy: everyone over the age of 18 is welcome.

Learning together, sharing knowledge with each other and encouraging each other: these are the cornerstones of learning with Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam. Our open access policy includes offering courses at various sites throughout the city, such as several Public Libraries (OBA locations) – the central library, Javaplein and Roelof Hartplein – and other sites, such as the Metis Montessori Lyceum. We welcome all Amsterdammers and everyone who wants to learn more about the world around them or, indeed, about themselves. What do you want to learn? Brush up your languages, take up photography or philosophy, explore new technology, such as 3D printing, or get to know yourself better. Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam has something for everyone. Take your time to surf, click or swipe your way through our website and see what we can do for you. Keep learning, with Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam.

Our team
Rens Koole, Director
Lalita Bissessur, Financial Administrator
Emilia Simion, Marketing & Sales Manager
Krista van Twillert, Manager Planning and Administration Services
Annelies van Urk, Planning and Administration Services
Michelle Brugman, Administration Services
René van Heel, Ilse Kulderij and Tom van der Beek, Caretakers