Good Governance

Ghent University wants to achieve gender balance in all managing positions, staff, students and decision-making bodies.

Gender balanced representations in Councils and Commissions

Due to the severe underrepresentation of women in executive committees and boards with decisive authority, from the 1st October 2014 a new decree has come into force. This decree prescribes at least a gender balance of minimum 1/3 to 2/3 to be maintained in the University's decision-making and advisory bodies. In response to the  binding decree of the Flemish government, the UGent has changed its (election) procedures.

Results for the Board of Ghent University

Our university has changed its procedures for the election of its highest decision-making body, the Board of Governors going beyond the requested minimum of 1/3 and installing a gender balance of minimum 40/60. Contrary to what was expected, the changed procedure has instantly brought a 50/50 gender balance for the first time in the University's history.

The composition of the University's Board has been traditionally male dominated since the University was founded. The increase in female professors at the University did not change this notoriously male composition and decision-making culture. For instance before the new law and procedure it was a common informal practice to appoint the resigning dean of a faculty to be seated in the Board. For instance in 2012, right before the new rules were made effective, there was no female professor in the board, and only one female student representative in the entire Board.