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The FHNW is an intercantonal public institute with its own legal entity and the right of self-administration within the framework of the state treaty of 27 October/9 November 2004 and the respective four-year mandate.

The strategic governing body of the FHNW is the University Board, which is selected by the governments of the operating cantons. Operationally, the FHNW is governed by the Presidium of the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors.

The parliaments of the four operating cantons are responsible for the overall supervision of the FHNW. These deploy an Interparliamentary Commission (IPK). The four cantonal governments are jointly responsible for supervision of the FHNW; their operations are prepared by the Government Committee/the four Directors of Education. Financial supervision is the responsibility of the Financial Control Departments of the cantons party to the treaty.