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Collaboration agreements at international level

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

AACSB

Dutch and Flemish business schools and economic programmes can have the assessment processes for AACSB and NVAO accreditations performed at one go. NVAO signed an agreement with AACSB International for this on 25 May 2015 (see Related). AACSB published an update to the AACSB accreditation standards in July 2017. This update does not affect the agreement.

Akkreditierungsrat

Dutch, Flemish and German programmes can have joint programmes leading to the award of a joint degree assessed at one go. NVAO signed a collaboration agreement for with the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat) on 8 July 2015 (see Related). 

EADI

NVAO closed in November 2016 a collaboration agreement with the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) (see Related). Dutch development studies can therefore use a single process by which both NVAO and EADI as the accreditation can be obtained.

EAPAA

In September 2016 NVAO closed a collaboration agreement with the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) (see Related). Dutch studies in the field of public administration can result in the different accreditation processes at one time.

EFMD

Dutch and Flemish business schools and economic programmes can have the assessment processes for EFMD and NVAO accreditations performed at one go. NVAO signed an agreement  on 1 October 2015 with the EFMD management development network (see Related).

THE-ICE

NVAO has signed the collaborative agreements with the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) in February 2017 (see Related). Dutch studies in the field of hotel management and tourism can therefore make use of a single procedure with which both the NVAO-accreditation as the THE-ICE-can be achieved.

Frameworks/documents

See related for the specific agreements.

More information

NVAO Contact: Anne Martens, policy advisor Department The Netherlands