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For Flemish higher education programmes, NVAO can recognise international accreditations as being equivalent.  

For both Flanders and the Netherlands NVAO concludes collaboration agreements with international accreditation organisations to amalgamate assessment and accreditation procedures. This lessens the workload and costs for Dutch and Flemish institutions and their programmes.

NVAO can accredit a joint programme that is co-offered by a Dutch institution without any additional assessment when the joint programme has been accredited by an organisation:

  • that is registered on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and if the European framework was used for the assessment (European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes, see Frameworks/documents); 
  • or that comes from a country and agency whose accreditation is directly recognised in the Netherlands and Flanders. Towards this end, NVAO works with European accreditation organisations (Multilateral Agreements on the Mutual Recognition of Accreditation Results, see MULTRA website for the participating countries);
  • or that comes under the responsibility of the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat) (see collaboration agreements international).

The Ministers of Education in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg approved a decision in 2015 whereby the mutual recognition of each other’s higher education diplomas shall occur automatically.


See related for the important documents.

More information

Contact: Lineke van Bruggen policy advisor NVAO Department The Netherlands), Mark Frederiks (policy advisor NVAO Department Flanders)

Qrossroads (international website accredited programs)