Organization 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.
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.
Prof. dr. K.M. (Koen) Becking
President of the Executive Board
'The social context is becoming increasingly important for the university, also for our funding. As a result, we must increasingly often ask ourselves how we can make a difference for that social context. Without selling our souls to the business sector, of course, because independence is crucial in science.'
Prof. dr. Klaas Sijtsma
Professor Klaas Sijtsma has been appointed as interim Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University as of September 1, 2019. From 2011 to 2017 he was Dean of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Currently, Sijtsma is Professor of Methods and Techniques of Psychological Research at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
‘I feel at home in the academic world and feel inspired by the enthusiasm of researchers and teachers and by the interaction with students who want to get the most out of their program. Business operations is a business that is close to my heart. I want to contribute to further developing the support of the primary process.’
Rob van Hensberg
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 Board of Governors
- Mr. H. Reumkens, LLM (chairman)
- Mrs. M.R. Leijten
- Professor W.M.P. van der Aalst
- Professor E. van Sliedregt
- Mr. J.H.P.M. van Lange
More information can be obtained from the official secretary to the Board of Governors: Mr. Dr. Martijn Nolen LLM, tel. 013 - 466 2248 or the secretariat of the Board of Governors Ms. Anja de Bie, tel. 013 - 466 2327.
Schools and institutes
Five Schools form part of Tilburg University.
- Tilburg School of Economics & Management
- Tilburg Law School
- Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
- Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
Tilburg University research is conducted within the Schools' graduate schools or within one of its many research institutes. Each institute specializes in one or more areas of expertise; there are School-based and multidisciplinary institutes. In the latter type, specialists from various disciplines work together. Always with a view to innovative science.
Support and staff
Students and employees contribute to thinking, discussing, and deciding on Tilburg University’s policies.
Every four years, Tilburg University outlines its policy in a Strategy. It sets out the principal themes and formulates ambitions for the next four years.
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.
In order to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we have formulated 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.
Download the Strategy
It is our conviction that the Strategy 2018-2021 will move Tilburg University into a new era and will provide us with new and challenging prospects that are nonetheless grounded in and reflect our traditional values.
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.