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Last month, the supervisory group drafted the definitive contract for the evaluation of the partnership between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Two firms, Berenschot and Deloitte, have been tasked with evaluating the collaboration.

The supervisory group consists of one dean from the UvA and one from AUAS, a shared service unit director, four members of the representative advisory bodies and the president of the Executive Board.

Berenschot and Deloitte

Geert ten Dam, speaking on behalf of the supervisory group, explained, 'The brief was sent to four firms in June. These firms were then invited to give a presentation and each submitted a bid for the project. Based on the firms' bids and presentations, the supervisory group decided to split the contract, as the firms demonstrated different areas of expertise.'

Berenschot will focus on the institutions' collaboration in higher education, while Deloitte will look at the future of the shared services. As a supplement to the work of both firms, researchers at the Faculty of Economics and Business will look at data from Statistics Netherlands to analyse the transfer rate from professionally-oriented to research-oriented programmes and vice versa. Despite the summer break and considerable time pressure, the expectation remains that the evaluations will be completed in September.

Next steps

Following delivery of the report, the supervisory group will submit a proposal for how to discuss the evaluation with all parties involved. The supervisory group intends to take all the time it needs for this. Ultimately, the evaluation project should result in a decision before 1 January 2017. 

Documents made public

All documents concerning the evaluation of the collaboration between the UvA and AUAS are publicly available (in Dutch only).