As of 1 September 2008, the various purchasing departments have been merged to form the Radboud University Purchasing Department.

The reasons for a single Purchasing Department were: (1) to aggregate demand for all of Radboud University in order to achieve the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and (2) to further professionalise the purchasing function, thus promoting the efficient and legitimate use of funds to achieve the university’s strategic objectives.

This is achieved, among other things, by:

  1. Bundling the previously fragmented purchasing activities and departments;
  2. Standardising purchasing processes and increasing the scale of purchasing;
  3. Utilising the advice of material experts at faculties and departments;
  4. Coordinating purchasing processes with European tender procedures.

The Purchasing Department will work together with the faculties and departments! This means that the Purchasing Department’s key objectives are providing excellent service and, thereby, contributing to the objectives of the internal clients.