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NVAO Meet & Greet 2019

On Wednesday July 3, 2019, the annual NVAO Meet & Greet takes place in Rotterdam. A perfect opportunity to meet each other, to look back on and to look ahead to developments in higher education. The working language of this meeting is Dutch.

NVAO Advisory Board meeting (private)

The NVAO Advisory Board with Dutch and Flemish participants will meet on Wednesday 3 July 2019 in Hotel New York Rotterdam. The meeting is for invited guests.

Interactive Meet & Greet (private)

Prior to our annual Meet & Greet we organize for invited guests an interactive meeting on a specific topic. This year we are discussing the visitations with Dutch Panel Members and Flemish Commission Members.

Open application

Send us an open application via the form.

Thanks to WFME Recognition of NVAO, doctors will retain access to the US after 2023

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.

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. Along with two Dutch fellow-board members, they will be in day-to-day ch...

Training session in Georgia

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

New Flemish Quality Assurance System launched

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.

The quality assurance system of Flanders

NVAO monitors the quality of higher education in Flanders. In order to substantiate this role, NVAO has designed, in collaboration with all the stakeholders involved, the Flemish quality assurance system. This system constitutes a well-organised a...

International strategy

From its earliest days, NVAO has assigned high priority to internationalisation. This follows as a matter of course from both the binary nature of the organisation and the international focus of Dutch and Flemish higher education. In its Strategy ...

Bologna Process

The Bologna Process commenced in 1999. Ever since, the Ministers responsible for higher education of all the countries of the European Higher Education Area (currently 48) meet every other year to collectively make agreements. These agreements are...

European projects & networks

In which international networks of quality assurance agencies is NVAO involved?


Initial Accreditation
The Netherlands

Institutions that are recognised by the Dutch Minister of Education, Science and Culture are eligible for initial accreditation of their programmes.

Transnational education (programmes abroad)
The Netherlands

Dutch higher education institutions may provide programmes abroad (transnational education) (Dutch Bulletin of Acts, Orders, and Decrees 2018-152). Following approval, they may confer Dutch degrees upon completion of such programmes abroad.

Quality Agreements
The Netherlands

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.

Initial accreditation

The registered institutions for higher education, the institutions for post-initial education, scientific research and academic services, the Faculty for Protestant Theology in Brussels, and the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Heverlee are peri...


Letter part-time programmes: NVAO and the Inspectorate
February 2019

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. The lette...

Assessment Framework Accreditation System The Netherlands 2018
January 2019

Assessment Framework Accreditation System The Netherlands 2018

Protocol Assessment of quality agreements Higher Education 2019-2024
May 2018

This protocol set out the details of the independent external assessments agreed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, VSNU, VH, ISO and LSVb of the plans of individual institutions on how the revenues from the student loan system are...

Guide Appreciative Approach
June 2020

Team members

Abke van Zandwijk

Communication Advisor

Lineke van Bruggen

Policy Advisor