Performance agreements for Dutch universities: top marks for Maastricht University


Today, Halbe Zijlstra, State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, adopted the performance agreements with all Dutch universities and colleges accepting the recommendations from a special review committee.

According to this committee, the proposal by Maastricht University has been rated as ‘very good’ proposals. This means the university is eligible for a substantial portion of the Ministry’s selective budget: a national share of 7.2%, amounting to over 2.5 million Euros.

The Executive Board of Maastricht University is pleased with this rating. Prof. Martin Paul, the President of the Executive Board, explains: “This is an affirmation of Maastricht University’s unique positioning and the fact that it is on the right track with its strategic programme. From the start, we have always focused on quality in education and research. This is reflected in the high demands our university places in these areas. Maastricht University has also achieved excellent scores for the mandatory indicators of educational quality and programme completion as well as for research and valorisation. Nevertheless, Maastricht University will continue to strive to achieve substantial improvements.”

In May 2012, all higher education institutes submitted their proposals for performance agreements with State Secretary Zijlstra. After an initial exchange of ideas with the review committee, Maastricht University further elaborated its proposal in a letter. Begin September 2012, the committee sent the institutes a letter with the findings. Today, the committee’s chairman, Frans van Vught, officially presented these findings to the State Secretary. The review committee evaluated all the proposals based on three criteria: 1) level of ambition, 2) alignment with the desired developments on the system level and 3) feasibility. Maastricht University’s score of 15 points ranks in the category of ‘very good’.

The proposal for the performance agreements can be found on the website of Maastricht University.

The recommendations and proposals of all universities can be found on the websites of VSNU and the Reviewcommissie Hoger Onderwijs en Onderzoek.

Source: Maastricht University website, 24 September 2012

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