Quality Assurance Education
Quality assurance in education is of major importance to Dutch universities. Since 1985 the educational programmes have been accredited by an external panel. Over the past few decades this system has been professionalised further. Salient points were the setting up of the independent Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) in 2003 and the launch of the new accreditation system in 2011, in which the programme accreditation is combined with an institutional accreditation.
After passing the institutional audit, a higher education institution will be given a positive accreditation decision on its institutional audit. This demonstrates that the institution has its internal system of quality assurance with accompanying checks and balances in order.