Organization, Board, and Policy Tilburg University
Tilburg University operates in the area of the humanities and social sciences. More than 900 scientists work at one of our five Schools, focusing on economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, the humanities and digital sciences, and theology. More than 600 employees in the seven Divisions of University Services support the Schools.
Tilburg University Board
The Executive Board is the university's managing committee. It is in charge of the university's administrative affairs and is responsible for efficient management. The Executive Board is accountable to the Board of Governors.
Board of Governors
Tilburg University is a so-called 'special university'. Unlike the state universities, Tilburg University comes under a private-law foundation. The Board of Governors functions as a supervisory council and monitors the objectives of the foundation, including its open Catholic identity.
The Doctorate Board is, among other things, responsible for the awarding of doctorates and the doctorate honoris causa, and for the general policies regarding PhD programs and the PhD regulations.
Our mission: Understanding Society
Tilburg University’s goal is to actively contribute to society. We want to serve society and make it a better place for all citizens. Our university has always actively promoted ways to firmly embed our education and research in society.
Our mission of Understanding Society is based on the Christian and humanist traditions in which we have our roots. Important basic principles are sustainability and diversity in the context of corporate social responsibility. We are committed to a society based on these values to which we give shape jointly with citizens and social organizations, government and business.
We also apply this joint approach in our own working environment. We regularly organize symposia and conferences in which debate plays a central role. Here we exchange knowledge, share perspectives, ask each other questions, and challenge one another.
In the book Met het oog op goed leven you can read more about the culture and heritage of Martinus Cobbenhagen, one of our founders.
Every four years, Tilburg University outlines its policy in a Strategy. It sets out the principal themes and formulates ambitions for our three primary processes, i.e., education, research, and impact generation, as well as a strategy and objectives for growth, location, culture & governance, and operational excellence.
The Strategy 2018-2021 is the consolidated result of concerted action during the first six months of 2017. During this period, both internal and external stakeholders were consulted extensively to develop a broadly endorsed vision and strategy for the university’s future.
The name of the priest and academic, Martinus Cobbenhagen, and Tilburg University are inextricably bound to one another.Cobbenhagen was the first in the Netherlands to propagate the notion that the practice and ethics of economics go hand in hand; an idea that to this day forms one of the corner stones of the university's identity.Cobbenhagen essays