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An assignment has been formulated to evaluate the cooperation between the UvA and AUAS, and an agency will be commissioned to carry it out. The central question is whether the original objectives of the cooperation between the institutions have been achieved and what would be the most preferable form of cooperation between the UvA and AUAS in the coming ten years.

Formulation of assignment

The draft assignment  was formulated by an advisory group, made up of the President of the Board, one dean from both the UvA and AUAS, a director of one of the shared service units, the chairs of the Central Student Council and the Central Works Council and a member of the Central Works Council, and a member of the Executive Staff in the role of secretary.

The draft assignment was then presented to the deans of the UvA and AUAS, the representative advisory bodies, the Education Council, the Research Council, the University Committees on Education and Research.  These bodies had until 2 June to give feedback, which was then processed. 

Research questions

The aim of the evaluation is to answer four main questions:

  1. What were the initial objectives of the cooperation between the UvA and AUAS and the personal union of the Executive Boards in terms of education (improving the transfer rate, joint programmes), research (cooperation, double appointments), joint service units (efficiency) and effective governance of the coo​peration?
  2. Which of these objectives has been realised, and was the personal union of the boards necessary to achieve them?
  3. What is the benefit for each shared service unit or facility, both in financial terms and in terms of performance, and was the personal union a prerequisite for these results?
  4. What is the most preferable form of cooperation between the UvA and AUAS in the coming ten years?

Who will be carrying it out?

The advisory group has indicated it would prefer to have the assignment carried out by an external agency, with the UvA-AUAS organisations providing support, and Strategy & Information and the Faculty of Economics carrying out the data analyses (or part of the analyses).

Time frame

Four research bureaus have been invited to submit an offer. The advisory group will take a decision based on these offers and the action plans submitted by the bureaus. The aim is for the evaluation to be completed around 1 September 2016. 

The outcomes of the research and the future perspectives outlined in the report will then be discussed within both institutions. The aim is to decide on an outcome that effectively facilitates desired forms of future cooperation and which has support within both institutions. These consultations should lead to a decision before 1 January 2017.