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Programme Committees

Every study programme or group of study programmes have their own Programme Committee (PC). Half of the members of the PC are students, the other half are teaching staff. Together they safeguard the quality of teaching, they raise bottlenecks and they advise on the development and conduct of course modules, curricula and educational policy.

Tasks and powers of Programme Committees

The Programme Committee is a formal co-participation body. The PC advises the Programme Board of the study programme concerned. The statutory duties and powers of the PC are:

  • Right of consent and right of prior consultation with respect to parts of the programme’s Course and Examination Regulations (CER).
  • Annually evaluating the method of implementing the CER.
  • Issuing advice and proposals, on its own initiative or on request, to the Programme Board and the Faculty Board about all matters concerning the programme’s teaching.
  • Discussing the advisory report of the assessment panel (‘visitatiecommissie’).


A PC meets several times a year. The agenda of these meetings includes the evaluations of course modules and, in connection with these evaluations, the structure of the curriculum and the quality of the study programme. In addition, the PC discusses the content and implementation of the Course and Examination Regulations, the timetables for teaching and examinations, the quality of information supply, et cetera.

The PC meets regularly with the Programme Board and, on the basis of its findings, advises the board on improvement of the quality of the programme.

Manual for Programme Committees

Further information on the tasks, responsibilities and working procedures of the Programme Committee is available in the faculty's Manual for Programme Committees.


Students and staff with questions, remarks or complaints about teaching evaluation, quality of teaching, or about the work of the PC, can always contact their Programme Committee. The composition and contact details of the PC’s of the Faculty of Humanities can be found in the faculty’s online database of committees and boards.

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