Code of Good Governance

Universities are public funded institutions. This calls for a transparent governance that accounts for administrative action, a clear structure of supervisory parties and a critical, professional co-participation council.

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) established a committee on the Dutch Universities Governance Code in 2018. The committee was given the remit to thoroughly revise the Dutch Universities Governance Code. It is a fundamental revision of the current code dating from 2006, which has since only been amended to reflect the changes in the relevant legislation (last amended in 2017). The new Code should give more consideration to current developments in the university sector and insights in the area of governance. 


The committee is composed as follows:  

  • Jaap van Manen – president (partner Strategisch Management Centre, emeritus professor University of Groningen, former president Monitoring Committee Corporate Governance Code)
  • Rienk Goodijk – expert (endowed professor Vrije Universiteit, senior consultant management and supervisory at GITP)
  • Carel Stolker (rector magnificus and president of the executive board, Leiden University)
  • Rianne Letschert (rector magnificus, Maastricht University)
  • Rens Buchwaldt (member of the executive board, Wageningen University & Research)
  • Pauline Meurs (member of the supervisory board University of Amsterdam, Professor Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Maria Henneman (member of the board Stichting Katholieke Universiteit, owner/ceo of Henneman Strategies) 
  • Rens Vliegenthart (professor University of Amsterdam, former president of De Jonge Akademie) 
  • Rolf van Wegberg (PhD student TU Delft, former president Promovendi Netwerk Nederland)
  • Tim Gulpen (student Radboud University, former member university council)