Public Issues, Public Values

The Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) studies public issues and public organisations in their interaction with the developments in politics and society. The key question in this is how public organisations and private organisations with a public task deal with current social issues, how they shape their public responsibilities and deliver public value.

Our academic research is renowned both in the Netherlands and abroad. It focuses on the key themes of accountability, professionalism, public service performance, organisational change, innovation and public leadership. We pay particular attention to public organisations such as the European Union, central and local governments, the police, the armed forces and the judiciary, and private organisations with a public task, such as hospitals, schools, housing corporations, sports organisations and cultural institutions.

Small-scale, interactive education, also for professionals

Our programmes are aimed at motivated people from all walks of life who want to play a meaningful part in solving social problems and to contribute to public value. Both the Bachelor's and Master's Programmes in Public Administration and Organisation Science and the Programmes for professionals are small-scale, intensive and interactive.

Relevant consultancy, applied academic research

We work together with clients and partners to offer high-quality management consultancy and carry out applied academic research. Socially relevant, practically applicable and highly accessible.


Huis voor de Klokkenluiders
18 October 2018
The Netherlands is the only country with a government agency that combines various whistleblowing facilities, both for the public and the private sector.
Sprinten op het Utrecht Science Park
2 October 2018
Submit your proposal for seed money if you are are looking for a 'plus' to embed sport and society in your education and research at Utrecht University or UMCU.
Global Master's Programme Sport for Development
1 October 2018
The second part of the Global Master's Programme Sport for Development has taken place at the University of Tsukuba this summer.


Shada Islam
1 November 2018 15:45 - 18:00
The third annual Johan Willem Beyen lecture will be given by Shada Islam to celebrate European Governance Day in Utrecht.
Verpleegkundige meet bloeddruk
15 November 2018 09:00 - 17:00
Utrecht University and UMCU host the seminar The Future of Health Care Work: Towards Sustainable Employability and High-Performance Health Care Organizations.
Student met vlag van Universiteit Utrecht
16 November 2018 09:30 - 17 November 2018 16:00
Visit our Bachelor's Open Days on 16 and 17 November 2018!