News - February 1, 2007

Advisory bodies divided on future

The members of the four joint representative advisory bodies of Wageningen UR cannot agree on their future. Opinions are divided as to whether there should be just one participatory body for the whole of Wageningen UR.

At present the joint representative advisory bodies of Wageningen UR form a complex group. In addition to the central representative advisory body, which represents the interests of personnel, there is a student council for the university, a central advisory body for Van Hall Larenstein, and a joint student-staff council (GV) in the university. On top of these, there are councils for each part of the organisation.

The Executive Board and most of the members of the representative bodies agree that the current structure is inefficient, and would like to combine a number of the councils. The main question during a discussion day, held on Wednesday 24 January, was how many councils should remain.

A poll showed that three models were evenly favoured. Most present chose for a central representative advisory council, accompanied by a council for education and research within Van Hall Larenstein and Wageningen University. The alternative in which three councils would be retained, for the university, the research institutes and Van Hall Larenstein, got one vote less than the proposal to merge all councils into one body. Those opposed to one central representative advisory body want the University and Van Hall Larenstein to retain their own identity within Wageningen UR.

A work group composed of the Executive Board and the representative advisory bodies will write a proposal for a new structure based on the discussions.