The VSNU represents the shared interests of the fourteen research universities in the Netherlands in the fields of research, education, knowledge transfer, funding, personnel policy and international affairs.
Its basic tasks are:
In the coming years the VSNU will be concentrating especially on stimulating high attainment levels in the bachelor’s degree phase. It will focus on top research and researchers and on encouraging young and talented researchers to excell inside or outside of the academic community. Finally, it will continue to establish even greater levels of internationalisation.