NVAO Board Member Paul Zevenbergen signed on 1 October 2015 in Brussels a collaborative agreement with Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of the European management development network EFMD to join their accreditation processes.
For Dutch and Flemish higher education institutions, the collaboration between NVAO and EFMD means less red tape and a more efficient accreditation process. All the assessment processes and procedures that are required to have programmes accredited by both EFMD and NVAO can now be completed in one procedure. Joint accreditation will provide the Dutch and Flemish institutions that currently hold one of EFMD’s accreditations (EQUIS/EPAS) with a streamlined process to include NVAO accreditation.
In May 2015, NVAO signed a similar agreement in Amsterdam with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Paul Zevenbergen: ‘We can now take all the requirements of the professions and the sector into consideration in our accreditation process. This makes it much easier for business schools, economic programmes and management development professionals to obtain not just our accreditation but that of the professional organisations AACSB and EFMD as well. That is why we were happy to get in touch with these two organisations in order to interlace our procedures, without affecting our responsibilities and without lowering standards.’
‘With over 840 members from 83 countries, EFMD has always fostered excellence in management development globally. I am pleased to see that the quality and international perspective EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems bring, will benefit Dutch and Flemish institutions through a streamlined process. I very much look forward to more such synergies being established with local accreditation bodies around the world’, says Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO EFMD.
In the Netherlands, at least 14 institutions and a multitude of programmes will benefit from these collaborative agreements between NVAO, EFMD and AACSB. In Flanders, three institutions qualify for application of the agreements.
The collaborative agreements are important for the further internationalisation of higher education, in keeping with the agreements recently made by the Education Ministers in Yerevan, within the framework of the European Bologna process. Other international collaborative agreements could pertain to professions such as dentist, architect, accountant, veterinary surgeon and nursing practitioner.