Corona: guidelines NVAO

NVAO is taking a number of measures to limit the further spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) in the Netherlands and Flanders. If the situation changes, we will inform you.

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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.

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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

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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.

DECISIONS AND REPORTS SEARCH

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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ENQA case example: what NVAO (Flanders) has learned from a pandemic crisis

As we emerge from this crisis, reflection is still needed. This case example that we wrote for ENQA describes our actions in Flanders to maintain quality assurance during challenging times: from online dialogues and hybrid site visits as an additional tool in our toolkit to accelerating the development of an online training platform.

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Temporarily accelerated (online) assessment of new programmes

This summer, the NVAO Department of the Netherlands is temporarily conducting an online procedure for assessing new Dutch programs. These are those programs for which universities and universities of applied sciences need decision-making before 1 September 2020 to start. 

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ONGREAD > A EUniQ partnership to kickstart a European QA framework for European Universities

NVAO has been paving the way for a European quality assurance framework for years now and is proud to coordinate the EUniQ project on behalf of the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. It is up to the EUniQ consortium to think ahead and provide the European Universities with the right framework to live up to their European ambitions.

NEWS

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NVAO assesses higher education in Luxembourg (again)
08/07/2020

At the beginning of this year, the Flemish branch of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) assessed the LUNEX University in Luxembourg and four of its programmes. The assessment reports have now been sent to the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education and Research, which takes an accreditation decision. It is not the first time that Luxembourg recruits the NVAO to assess the quality of its higher education.

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ENQA case example: what NVAO (Flanders) has learned from a pandemic crisis
01/07/2020

Although restrictions are being gradually relaxed in Belgium and we restarted our review processes in Flanders on 8 June 2020, higher education will probably never quite be the same again. As we emerge from this crisis, reflection is still needed. Therefore, we deliberately continue to redesign our way of working and make it future-proof. This case example that we wrote for ENQA describes our actions in Flanders to maintain quality assurance during challenging times: from online dialogues and hybrid site visits as an additional tool in our toolkit to accelerating the development of an online training platform.

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LONGREAD > A EUniQ partnership to kickstart a European QA framework for European Universities
11/06/2020

NVAO has always been an active supporter of the Bologna Process and cross-border European Higher Education, even now, or especially now, in times of an international Covid-19 crisis. The recently launched European Universities are the new stars in the European galaxy. To provide support for these alliances between higher education institutions across Europe, the partners of the EUniQ project are currently working on developing a European quality assurance framework. A logical move, though one that involves many aspects and stakeholders.

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