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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Letter part-time programmes: NVAO and the Inspectorate

It is not always clear for (new) students how long a part-time or dual programme lasts. You will find below the letter from NVAO and the Inspectorate towards higher education institutions. The letter also describes the legal principles.

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NVAO has been awarded the WFME Recognition Status

The Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has been awarded the WFME Recognition Status as the first quality assurance organisation in the European Union.

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NEW HIGHER EDUCATION REGISTER WEBSITE FLANDERS IS LAUNCHED

The Flemish Minister for Education launched a new version of the online white list of all recognised higher education institutions and programmes in Flanders. The updated and more accessible Higher Education Register is developed in close cooperation with the NVAO.

NEWS

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English version of new website online
18/04/2019

From today, the English version of our new website is online. We no longer use a separate website for our English-speaking users. The English version of the pages are integrated in the general website. This way a user can easily switch languages on every page. Our new website will quickly guide junior as well as more experienced quality assurance officers through the quality assurance systems and procedures. The website is a joint project of NVAO and everyone involved in the quality of higher education. Any suggestions to improve our website are more than welcome.

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Thanks to WFME Recognition of NVAO, doctors will retain access to the US after 2023
15/11/2018

The Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has been awarded the WFME Recognition Status as the first quality assurance organisation in the European Union.

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Launch more accessible Higher Education Register in Flanders
13/08/2018

The Flemish Minister for Education launched a new version of the online white list of all recognised higher education programmes in Flanders. The updated and more accessible Higher Education Register is developed in close cooperation with the NVAO and the Agency for Higher Education, Adult Education, Qualifications and Study Allowances (AHOVOKS).

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