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700 EUR/full
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This Operations Research - A Mathematical Way to Optimize Your World course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam delivers tools, introducing you to the most successful models and algorithms from operations research (OR), including (integer) linear optimization, network optimization, stochastic optimization and heuristics.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to VU Amsterdam Summer School! Previous students exclaimed finding our summer school absolutely wonderful, interesting and fun yet also tremendously helpful for their professional and academic careers.

We understand the situation is very uncertain and we therefore offer free cancellation and a full refund until 1 May. Are you ready to unlock your potential?

Nowadays, everyone is talking about the tremendous opportunities offered by “big data” and all kinds of analytics. To really make the difference, though, you need to be able to turn data and analytical insights into better managerial decisions – and that requires rigorous quantitative tools.

Not only do you learn some of the beautiful but basic mathematics behind them, but during computer practicals you gain hands-on experience with up-to-date software applied to practical cases in such domains as logistics and revenue management. The course will enable you to recognize and exploit opportunities for mathematically supported decision making and can help prepare you for an MSc in Operations Research. 

At the end of this Operations Research - A Mathematical Way to Optimize Your World  course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , you:

  • Can model a practical optimization problem into an appropriate mathematical formulation.
  • Can solve the mathematical model using advanced optimization software.
  • Have a knowledge of network optimization problems and the algorithms to solve them.
  • Have a knowledge of optimization theory and integer linear programming techniques 
  • Can model uncertainty in operational systems as a stochastic process. 
  • Can simulate a stochastic process using simulation software. 

Programme Structure

Specific topics include: 

  •  The world of optimization, considering both deterministic and stochastic problems (that is, with and without data uncertainty).
  •  Modelling optimization problems using powerful tools such as integer programming.
  • Some insights into the theory that drives the effectiveness of these tools.
  • The use of optimization software, such as Matlab, Python, and Gurobi.
  •  Algorithms for key problems in network optimization, such as finding the cheapest tour through a network.
  • Understanding stochastic processes like Markov chains to model uncertainty in operational systems.
  • Queueing models and queueing networks.


Students and professionals in the field of Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or Quantitative Business Studies. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 days

Start dates & application deadlines

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Dates session 1: 5 July – 16 July

Dates session 2: 19 July – 30 July 







Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a print screen of your most recent grades is sufficient and needs to include your name and the name of your University)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.
  • EU/EEA

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.

700-950 EUR


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