In the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), Dutch universities work together towards a strong university sector. The 14 Dutch universities within the VSNU show the outside world how they fulfil their social function, formulate shared ambitions relating to academic education and research and valorisation, and lobby for the preconditions needed to realise these ambitions.
The VSNU office identifies, prioritises and supports the association’s steering groups and Board. The VSNU is also an employers’ association. The office of the VSNU, located just a stone’s throw from the Binnenhof (parliament building) in The Hague, is a compact organisation with a flat structure and an informal culture, consisting of 45 driven professionals. The atmosphere is naturally filled with ambition, initiative and collegiality. The VSNU works within the domains of education, research, HR, finance, governance & accountability, internationalisation and communication/public affairs. The VSNU office is headed by Director Babs van den Bergh.