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The Flemish Union of Students (VVS) is the umbrella organisation for Flemish student councils. We are a platform where student representatives (and independent students) come together to form positions, critically discuss decisions and share knowledge.
But how does it work and how can you contribute? Which bodies does our work consist of and how do we gather the voice of our members?
Below you will find an overview of the various bodies of VVS, their composition, whether they are open to new volunteers, their powers, and how they function. We start with the bodies/functions that are most accessible and voluntary.
A working group thoroughly prepares a VVS position paper. A reporter (rapporteur) organises the working groups, chairs them and provides qualitative feedback to the bureau. The working groups deal with one specific topic, so that the preparatory work remains concrete and relevant to hand over to the bureau afterwards. Bureau members discuss what emerged from the working group and then vote on a final position. The reporter (rapporteur) and any co-reporter are appointed by the Bureau.
Working groups are open to members and non-members. Are you interested in joining a new or ongoing working group? If so, please contact the rapporteur.
Or do you have broader questions about your commitment to VVS or to a substantive working group? Then contact our volunteer coach who will be happy to speak to you as soon as possible.
A reporter (rapporteur) organises working groups, chairs them and provides qualitative feedback to the bureau. In this way, the reporter leads the preparations for a VVS position, after which the work of the reporter and his working group is transferred to the bureau. Bureau members discuss the work and then vote a final position.
The reporter and any co-reporter are appointed at the bureau. This position is also open to members and non-members. As a non-member, you are obviously not aware of which working group the bureau or the general assembly want to set up. Therefore, it is appropriate to be present once as an independent student representative in the general assembly of VVS.
Are you interested in taking up the (co-)rapporteurcy of a new working group? Then contact our volunteer coach who will be happy and quick to talk to you.
A reporter organises working groups, chairs them and provides qualitative feedback to the agency.
A representative (mandataris) represents VVS in external meetings on education and student affairs.
A representative (mandataris) represents VVS in external meetings on education and student affairs. A representative give VVS’s perspective in the interest of every student studying at a university of applied sciences or a university of the Flemish Community. The representative always feeds back to the agency, so that it can use this information to provide input that the representive in turn takes to the external meeting.
The representative and a possible co-representative are appointed by the Bureau. A mandate is also open to members and non-members. As a non-member, you are obviously not aware of the content of the external mandates. That is why it is advisable to attend the general meeting of VVS as an independent student representative or to contact our volunteer coach who will be happy to help you.
Are you interested in becoming a (co-)representative in an external meeting? Then contact our volunteer coach!
The general assembly is VVS’s highest decision-making body and meets a minimum of four times per academic year. It sets VVS’s strategic direction so that the board can then implement that line. It is also the general assembly that elects the board.
The general assembly is composed of student representatives from all over Flanders. They sit as representatives of their local student council. Therefore, the general assembly is also the place where they can indicate if any problems or comments have arisen from their local constituencies regarding proposed substantive positions of the office. Each student council member of VVS can use a proportional number of votes within the general assembly.
You are also welcome to attend the general assembly as a non-student representative. You are then an “independent student representative”, but your opinion is therefore no less valuable. In that case, however, you cannot take part in votes. As an independent, you can also stand for election as a mandate holder!
The General Assembly
The general assembly is the highest decision-making body of VVS and meets a minimum of four times per academic year.
The bureau is VVS’s substantive decision-making body and meets monthly.
The bureau is VVS’s substantive decision-making body and meets monthly. It aims to develop VVS’s positions in the interests of all students in Flanders and Brussels, rather than in the interests of its own local student council. Therefore, unlike in the proportional general assembly, each student council has one vote and preferably decides by consensus. The bureau is also responsible for monitoring the mandataries and external meetings.
Depending on its substantive role, the bureau prefers rapporteurs – they organise working groups to prepare a substantive position of VVS – and mandataries – they sit in external meetings and proclaim VVS’s perspective there. The bureau and the general assembly share the decision-making power to set up a working group.
The board of VVS consists of elected students. They dedicate a whole year to representing the organisation and governing its content, carrying out the policies of the general assembly and defending student interests. Technically, the board has the task of ensuring the day-to-day running of the non-profit organisation. This means that the various directors are also responsible for finances, personnel policy and content policy.
You can contact the board members at firstname.lastname@example.org or at their personal VVS e-mail address
The board of VVS consists of elected students.
Staff members are the permanent staff of VVS.