Accreditation and external supervision
In Dutch higher education, there is a system of accreditation that aims to guarantee the basic quality of programmes and institutions. Every existing programme at a higher education institution is periodically accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). The decisions of the NVAO lead to the recognition of diplomas, titles and funding of programmes. The starting point is that all programmes are assessed every six years by a panel of independent experts approved by the NVAO.
This assessment takes place in a comparative perspective with related programmes.
Students can be involved in accreditation in three different ways: they can be part of the assessment panel as student members, they can be questioned by the assessment panel, or they can contribute to the student chapter.