Public consultation for Good Governance Code in Dutch Universities

In 2018, the VSNU gave the committee on the Governance Code in Dutch Universities the task of thoroughly modernising the entire Code. Upon its appointment, the committee was asked to consult with a wide range of stakeholders regarding the desired content of the new code. One of the ways the committee did this is through a public consultation.

At various moments over the course of the process and in various different ways, the committee consulted a wide range of stakeholders on the content of the new Code. The committee conducted a number of interviews with members of executive boards and supervisory boards, deans, participation body representatives and university lawyers. The committee incorporated the input from these consultations into a new draft code, which was then published online for public consultation from 18 July up to and including 15 September 2019. During this period, all interested parties had the opportunity to express their opinion on the draft version of the new code. 

The committee carefully reviewed all input and took it into consideration in drawing up the new version. After incorporating the input from the public consultation, the committee presented the new code to the VSNU Board. The general assembly adopted the new Code for Good Governance 22 November. The new Code for Good Governance in Dutch Universities will enter into force as per 1 January 2020.