The VSNU – Association of universities in the Netherlands – is formed by the fourteen Dutch research Universities. VSNU represents the universities to the government, parliament, and governmental and civic organisations. It does so by facilitating debate, developing and disseminating common positions, contributing towards improving the reputation of the university sector, and by making strategic choices to strengthen scientific education and research in the Netherlands.
Alongside that, the VSNU is an employers' organisation, which holds consultations with government and labour unions regarding employment conditions in the university sector.
The VSNU Office
The VSNU office facilitates the work of the association; the office takes care of the preparation, direction and implementation of the strategic agenda laid down by the General Board and the steering committees.
In addition to the combined universities' own strategies, the office also targets politics. The VSNU office keeps a close eye on the political agendas concerning education and research and feeds politicians with views, arguments and facts. The VSNU office is based in The Hague, a stone's throw from the Binnenhof, where Parliament meets. Managing Director of the VSNU office is Babs van den Bergh.