Frans van Vught reviews plans for performance contracts

On Sept 24, the Review Committee chaired by Frans van Vught (honorary professor in CHEPS) published its evaluations (‘review’) of the proposals that were submitted by the Dutch universities and hogescholen (Universities of Applied Sciences) to raise their quality and sharpen their profiles. The Review Committee (RC) was supported by a team of experts that included some CHEPS researchers. The RC concludes that the majority of the proposals are of a high quality and show realistic ambitions to improve the institution’s performance in the areas of teaching, research and knowledge valorisation. Three plans received the qualification `excellent’.

The plans will be the basis of performance agreements to be signed between ministry and individual higher education institutions in October 2012. For the first time, universities and hogescholen will be funded partly on the basis of their quality (and not just measures of quantity). The budget that is available for this will steadily increase to € 325 million in 2016. This amounts to 7% of the budget for teaching in the sector.

For a summary (in Dutch) of the event (including a video) where Frans van Vught presented the committee’s results to Halbe Zijlstra, State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, go to: . The RC press release may be found at:

For the RC evaluations, go to the website of the “Reviewcommissie Hoger Onderwijs en Onderzoek”:  and choose ‘Adviezen’.