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.

In 2018, the VSNU established a committee on the Dutch Universities Governance Code with the task of thoroughly modernising the entire Code. While the current Code dates from 2006, it has since only been modified in connection with changes to the relevant legislation (most recently in 2017). The new Code to be created should give consideration to current developments in the university sector and new insights in the area of governance. In the process of modernising the Code, the committee held both a broad consultation among stakeholders and a public consultation. The period in which you could submit a response to the public consultation is now closed. It is expected that the draft version of the new Code will be submitted to the Board of the VSNU during the second half of 2019.


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)