Below you find the following information:
- Bachelor before master rule softened again
- Entry Requirements English
- Institutional tuition fees revised
- Follow-up master education
Bachelor before master rule softened again
As a result of the Corona-crisis the ministry of OCW decided to give institutions the possibility to soften the bachelor before master rule for the academic year 2022-2023 as was done in the previous two academic years. Soften the rule means that students can start their masters before they have finished their bachelor or premaster. It is up to the institutions and programmes to define what this means for the admission to their institution and programmes. The Executive Board decided to establish the following guiding principles and guidelines:
- The possibility to soften the rule only applies for funded education.
- The rule cannot be softened for non-EER students unless they are already an UT-bachelor student.
- We soften the rule to make it possible for students to change the order of their education to prevent further study delay (e.g. a quartile master courses
and then a quartile finishing the bachelor)
- We can, legally, only soften the rule for students with delay due to corona-related reasons. This will be checked by our accountant and must therefore be documented properly by the educational programme.
- Programmes are not obliged to soften the bachelor before master rule and students don’t have the right to be admitted.
- We strongly advise programs to only admit students without a finished bachelor or premaster programme based on a realistic study plan.
Guidelines for programmes that soften the bachelor before master rule
- Bachelor students can only in individual cases be conditionally admitted to the Master's programme if a maximum of 30 EC of the Bachelor’s programme is still open;
- Pre-master students can only in individual cases be conditionally admitted to the Master's programme if a maximum of 6 EC of the Pre-master programme is still open;
- The Bachelor's programme/ pre-master programme must be completed before 1 September 2023;
- The Bachelor's programme/ pre-master programme must be completed before the Master’s thesis is started
- Master's programmes are free to set additional admission requirements for the programme as well as for certain courses (e.g. certain pre-qualification requirements
Programmes that want to soften the bachelor before master rule are asked to involve the programme committee (they have a right for advice) and provide information to CES and students before May 16th.
Entry Requirements English
The Executive Board decided:
- to follow up on the advice of the University Committee for Education and adopt the recommendations of the working group Entry Requirements English on the UT entry requirements English.
- To adjust the English language entry requirements (see table below, minimal scores are added), adjust the country exemption list and examine TPC students upon admission to meet the UT minimum English language requirements. The adjustments must be in place before October 2022 to be effective for the academic year 2023/2024.
Institutional tuition fees revised
The Executive Board decided to approve the proposed guiding principles for determining the institutional tuition fee, the proposed rates for 2023-2024, the transitional arrangement for current students and the implications for execution.
At least until 2026-2027, the UT will raise the institutional tuition fees with the regular increase of €125,- for the bachelor and €250,- for the master programmes unless changes in government policy require something different. A transitional arrangement for students that pay the institutional tuition fee and have started their programme in or between 2019-2020 and 2022-2023 and have been continuously enrolled can finish their programme according to the previous tariffs. This transitional arrangement is in effect for the nominal study duration + 1 year. In 2026-2027, the Executive Board will discuss whether adjustments of the tariffs are needed based on the guiding principles and developments.
Follow-up master education
As a follow-up of the old-meeting about master education on February 3rd. Koen De Pryck (CES-CELT) and Lisette Woud (SP) will visit the faculties to talk with the programme directors in May and June. The goal of the meetings is to get input to come to the common vision and desirable skill-set and competences for our master education.
Process vision on education
The working group chaired by Ciano Aydin is finalizing a concept document. They expect to be able to share this version to collect input in the second half of May. The vision will consist of two parts:
- longer-lasting Core Educational Vision
- answers the WHY or FUNCTION of education at out institution
- Guiding OnePagers that have a more dynamic character.
- answers how/what/who the goals are and ought to be realized
- HOW (means, methods, infra),
- WHAT (educational activities and projects)
- WHO (leadership)