On April 2nd 2013 the City of Amsterdam launched a ‘design contest’ for Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). The purpose of this design contest was to solicit plans and designs from participants wishing to realize a new institute focused on applied technology (with AMS Institute as working title).
This institute should help to achieve five goals that the City has set for AMS:
- Attract and retain talent in the field of applied technology to the Amsterdam region (education, research or employment);
- Create sustainable connections to ensure that the AMS Institute is embedded both in the Amsterdam area as well as internationally;
- Have a positive economic impact for the Amsterdam region (besides attracting talent and creating structural connections);
- Develop and market metropolitan solutions to create economic value and improve the quality of living and working in Amsterdam;
- Contribute to innovation or fill gaps (e.g. in the field of applied technology education) while complementing existing initiatives.
The City of Amsterdam considers this initiative to be a great opportunity to further strengthen our economy, especially in the field of applied technology. We think all the necessary conditions are present in the Amsterdam region for success in applied technology, including strong academic institutions, a large talent pool, a culture of innovation and great quality of life.
source: Municipality of Amsterdam