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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New Flemish Quality Assurance System launched
18/09/2019

A well-attended la well-attended launch event in Brussels kicked off the new Quality Assurance System for the Flemish higher education.aunch event in Brussels kicked off the new Quality Assurance System for the Flemish higher education.

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Training session in Georgia
08/09/2019

Early September, NVAO organized a three-day training session at the request of the European University, a private university in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

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