The Netherlands has gained a new ambassador for internationalism in higher education with the appointment of Ingrid van Engelshoven as the new Dutch minister of higher education, culture and sc
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On October 3, 2017, the Netherlands Parliament's First Chamber approved the connection of private higher education to 'BRON' (the Basic Register of Education) and the admission of diplomas & degrees of private universities and universities of applied sciences in the diploma register.
‘To be or not to be’ – when is a university not a university? – A question that Wittenborg asked itself a year ago, when Dutch Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker announced a proposed change to the law that governs higher education in the Netherlands, that would ensure the name ‘university’ is protected and only used by institutions that are appointed and accredited.
Wittenborg University reacts strongly against an attempt by the Dutch Minister of Education to regulate use of the term "University"
Earlier this month, Dutch Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker announced plans to protect the degrees and titles of Dutch Higher Education in a proposed change the Act of Higher Education. Wittenborg supports the general regulation, however has now reacted strongly against one of the suggestions included in the proposal that limit the use of the singular term ''University".
WUP 15/4/2015 - Private Universities like Wittenborg Applauded for its Initiatives by Dutch Inspectorate of Education
WUP 3/3/2014 – Speaking at Wittenborg - Dutch Minister of Education is hopeful that the Dutch economy will soon recover to give international students the chance to compete on the Netherlands job market. The Dutch minister of education, culture and science, Jet Bussemaker, took a keen interest in students at Wittenborg University when she visited Apeldoorn on Monday ahead of the local government elections that takes place in two weeks.
WUP 3/3/2014 – Dutch Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker pays a visit to Wittenborg University Apeldoorn – speaking to management and students at the Wittenborg campus today, Minister Jet Bussemaker was given a taste of international education in the Netherlands.
WUP 11/7/2013 - Come and study, work and live in Holland! - A comprehensive plan on binding talented, foreign students to the Dutch economy will be presented by the cabinet in autumn. “International talent is very welcome in The Netherlands for study and a career,” the minister of education, Jet Bussemaker, stressed this week in cabinet’s long-awaited reaction to the report “Make it in the Netherlands” by the SER (Sociaal-Ekonomische Raad). The plan will also be titled “Make it in the Netherlands”.
WUP 05/10/12 Increased government reporting regulations – yearly reports to be made compulsory - A clause in the Netherlands Act of Higher Education that requires institutions of higher education to submit yearly reports on their activities and results to the minister is to be enforced as from 2013, after having been surprisingly ignored by government for many years. This means that institutes will have to submit yearly data on all their programmes, and not just at the moment of accreditation, every six years. The yearly report is not to be sent to the accreditation department of the government, but instead directly to the higher education inspectorate, who will assess “risks”, and act upon signals they receive from the institutes, regarding possible problems.
In 2009 the Dutch government’s education inspection warned against so-called “diploma mills” and started the implementation of a diploma register, with a view to the registration of all degree’s issued in the Netherlands under the Act of Higher Education. The register will be opened on 1st November 2012; however initially at least, will only contain details of degrees issued by the funded Universities and not the non-funded, privately funded institutions.