In 2002 the Netherlands Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) was established by law, to guarantee the quality of the bachelor and the master programmes. Dutch accreditation is based on peer review of programmes. Flanders participates as an observer in the Board and a treaty will be developed to formally ensure that the accreditation organisation works for both the Netherlands and the Flemish community of Belgium.
Internationalization of quality assurance is furthered by several actions. First a Bachelor and a Master must satisfy international standards. The general descriptors, as developed by the joined quality initiative, are used as the example. Second, peer review implies the participation international peers. Finally the peer review does not have to be organised by a Dutch organisation, but may also be organised by a foreign quality assessment/accreditation organisation.
Wittenborg’s Bachelor of Business Administration is accredited by the NVAO (www.nvao.net) and its Postgraduate IBA Certificate programme IBA PGDip falls under that. A translated copy of the accreditation status of programmes can be downloaded from the site of the NVAO or Wittenborg’s website.
At Wittenborg, our Bachelor of International Business Administration (IBA) programmes were first NVAO Accredited in 2006 and re-accredited in 2012, and our Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes were accredited in 2015.