The Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam (OOA) is a joint Graduate School of AMC, NKI-AvL and VUmc. Our main goal is to offer all Amsterdam Oncology PhD students (over 700) a specialized educational programme on Oncology. Attention is also given to courses on general and transferable skills.

Our educational activities are organized by experts in the field of the participating institutes, and include courses, seminars, masterclasses and meetings with international experts. A highlight is the three-day annual retreat, which focuses entirely on the research conducted by the OOA PhD students. The retreat is highly appreciated by the participants and considered stimulating both scientifically as well as socially.

The OOA educational activities are complementary to the educational programme of VUmc, NKI-AvL and the AMC Graduate School. PhD students can make a selection from our courses, in compliance with their interest and background. They receive course certificates, including ECTS credits. These courses count as part of the PhD educational programme.

The OOA has been accredited by the KNAW since 1993, and most recently for the period 2016 – 2021 (status very good/ excellent). The strength of OOA comes from integration of basic, translational and clinical research of the three participating institutes. OOA-based researchers as well as (inter)national experts are invited to participate in the OOA educational programme. In this way, OOA graduate students have the unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments in cancer research at an outstanding level.

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