Organisation & governance

Fontys is a foundation whereby the organisation structure has been based around the following processes:

  • Administration: The Executive Board is the competent authority and acts as the unit responsible for the results, reporting to the Board of Governors.
  • Primary: On behalf of the Fontys group, the individual institutes undertake the core activities (i.e. education, research and contract activities), each for their own market segments.
  • Support: Eight separate Support Service Departments provide support for education, research and contract activities.

Supervision and management of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences is the responsibility of the Board of Governors and the Executive Board. Both the Executive Board and the individual Fontys institutes utilise the eight Support Service Departments.

The Fontys University of Applied Sciences, as a social institution, strives to account for its activities within its immediate environment in an open and transparent manner. Fontys aims to be judged according to its performance and to communicate openly with its stakeholders. The Fontys Board of Governors and Executive Board have been established in accordance with the principles laid down in the Sector Code for the Governance of Universities of Applied Sciences. The Board of Governors ensures that the Executive Board complies with these principles.

In addition to vertical accountability to various authorities, including the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, Fontys utilises various forms of horizontal dialogue and accountability. This includes, for example, accountability to students and employees via participation bodies and ‘opleidingscommissies’, or ‘OC’s’ (Degree Programme Committees, or ‘DPC’s’). Representatives from professional practice are also involved in the Degree Programme Committees to ensure that the quality of education is carefully monitored. Many Fontys institutes also have an Advisory Board.


Each Fontys institute has an ‘Instituutsmedezeggenschapsraad’, or ‘IMR’ (Institute Participation Council, or ‘IPC’). The discussion partner for the IPC members is their own Institute Director. The ‘Centrale Medezeggenschapsraad’, or ‘CMR’ (Central Participation Council, or ‘CPC’) is the discussion partner for the Executive Board and the ‘Diensten Medezeggenschapsraad’, or ‘DMR’ (Services Participation Council, or ‘SPC’) is the discussion partner for the Support Services Directors.

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