Confidence in quality

The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has been established by the Dutch and Flemish governments as an independent accreditation body. NVAO operates on both a binational and international level. The NVAO conclusions underpin the recognition of higher education programmes and ensure that students receive worthy degrees.

About NVAO

Procedure

Recognise a new programme

New programmes are first subjected to initial accreditation at NVAO, a procedure to assess their potential quality. After a few years, a newly recognised programma can obtain a first accreditation.

Review existing programme

Each programme must periodically attain a programme accreditation. How this review is organised is based on the type of institution.

Review existing institution

All the institutions in Flanders that are recognised as a university college or university are periodically subjected to an institutional review. In the Netherlands, an institution can participate in an Institutional Accreditation.

Recognise a new institution

Higher education institutions need to be recognised by the Flemish and Dutch government before they can organise accredited programmes, issue recognised degrees and, if necessary, be eligible for funding.

QUALITY AGREEMENTS

The Quality Agreements are assessed by NVAO. They pertain to the study advance funds allocated to institutions for the improvement of the quality of education.

quality assurance systems

The Netherlands and Flanders each have their own quality assurance system, an integrated system for external quality assurance. A quality assurance system includes the various procedures and conditions for obtaining accreditation. All NVAO procedures are based on assessment frameworks.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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New Board ready for a quick start

Dirk Broos and Rudi D’Hauwers have been appointed to sit on the Board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) as representatives of Flanders. Their appointment marks a thorough reform of the NVAO Executive Board. Earlier this year, NVAO had already announced that Anneke Luijten-Lub would be succeeding Paul Zevenbergen as a new Dutch board member. Anne Flierman will remain at his post as Chairman.

NEWS

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New Board ready for a quick start
07/10/2019

Dirk Broos and Rudi D’Hauwers have been appointed to sit on the Board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) as representatives of Flanders. Along with two Dutch fellow-board members, they will be in day-to-day charge of safeguarding the quality of higher education in Flanders and the Netherlands. With their arrival, NVAO is welcoming a wealth of expertise in higher education and experience with the Flemish quality assurance system to its board table. Their appointment marks a thorough reform of the NVAO Executive Board. Earlier this year, NVAO had already announced that Anneke Luijten-Lub would be succeeding Paul Zevenbergen as a new Dutch board member. Anne Flierman will remain at his post as Chairman.

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'Always that focus on improvement' - NVAO 2018 Annual Report
04/07/2019

In this special edition of FOQUS we highlight the activities we have carried out over the past year in Flanders and in the Netherlands. Special themes are featured, such as our WFME-recognition and our assessments in Luxembourg.

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WFME Recognition Report online
12/06/2019

On 29 May 2019, representatives of the medical schools in the Netherlands, Flanders and Saba met in The Hague to discuss the WFME Recognition Report which is now available on the NVAO website. NVAO is preparing its yearly status report which will also include the follow-up of the WFME recommendations. NVAO and the medical schools will meet again in November 2019.

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