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The University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)

The University Teaching Qualfication (UTQ, or in dutch: BKO) is a qualification of pedagogical competences of university teachers. All teaching staff of the University of Twente have to acquire this certificate within 3 years after their employment. In 2008 14 Dutch universities have officially signed a joint agreement of the UTQ and its characteristics. An UTQ qualification is nationally acknowlegded. 

NOTE: From September 2017 a revised UTQ profile will be implemented. This page presents the NEW UTQ

UTQ competences

The core of the UTQ is the developmet and demonstration of 5 didactic competences in a personal UTQ dossier: 
Competence 1: Designing or redesiging education
Competence 2: Teaching and supervising 
Competence 3: Assessment
Competence 4: Evaluating teaching
Competence 5: Professionalization

Check here for the specification of the UTQ competences and criteria

Supervision and facilitation

The UTQ starts with an intake interview with the UTQ supervisor of your own faculty: 


UTQ supervisor:

Email address:


Chantal Scholten  



Charlotte Oude Alink


Karen Slotman 


Cornelise Vreman


Marie Jose Verkroost 

During the UTQ track you will be supervised by your own UTQ supervisor; this is the educational consultant of your faculty.
The UTQ supervisor will provide you with information, feedback and supervision meetings with peers. If you want you can also follow (UTQ) courses and/or practical workshops to educate yourself into the several education principles and techniques.
Althoug following our courses is not obliged (the UTQ learning path is characterized by a self-directed approach), nevertheless we do advice to follow (some) basic courses. 

All UTQ courses, and other educational courses/workshops are presented in our Course Overview.
Working on your UTQ?  Check the UTQ toolbox for supporting materials related to the 5 competences. 

UTQ Manual and process 

(when you've started the UTQ before september 2017, click here for the UTQ manual "old style")


The 4TU UTQ regulation describes the joined procedures, competences and the arbitration and appeal procedure in case of disagreement of the assessment result.

In the manual for assessors the 4TU assessmentprocedure of the UTQ dossier is described. The University of Twente knows next to the assessment of the dossier also an assessment meeting with the participant. This is described in the UTQ manual.

UTQ Exemption: rules & procedure


An UTQ exemption stands for an equivalent of the UTQ competences and is granted in case of:

  • a diplom of a post graduate teacher training (eerstegraads bevoegdheid), followed by a reflection report of the UTQ competencies focused on the application of the educational theory in the academic context.
  • a VELON certificate
  • an abroad achieved pedagogical diplom/certificate in academic context, equivalent to the UTQ competences. 

Note: an UTQ exemption means the acquitance of the UTQ obligation. An UTQ exemption will not lead to an UTQ certificate/qualification.

Exemption Procedure:

  • If you think you are eligible for an UTQ exemption, please contact the HR advisor of your own faculty.
  • The HR advisor requests for the exemption through the exemption advisor of CELT.
  • The CELT advisor evaluates the evidences delivered by the candidate (diploms, supporting documents).    
  • The CELT advisor will schedule a meeting with the candidate to talk about the reflection report, diplom/certificate and the UT educational context
  • CELT advises the faculty (dean/HR) about granting or not the UTQ exemption.
  • Finally the faculty decides whether to assign the exemption and informs the candidate

utq writing sessions

UTQ writing sessions are sessions for participants in the UTQ that need help or planned time to work on their dossier. Main goal is to make the UTQ dossier ready for the assessment.

Writing sessions are organised within the faculty or with other faculties. Participants mainly work intensively on their dossier under the guidance of UTQ-supervisors. The character is practice oriented; the focus is on filling and writing the UTQ dossier in the most efficient manner. Participant beforehand collects all the needed evidence/materials.

Writing session in short:

  • For teachers in the UTQ track;
  • Half day or one day sessions;
  • Writing sessions, not a course; 
  • Preparation: participants upload the required materials into their UTQ dossier environment on Blackboard; 
  • During sessions: receiving & incorporation of immediate feedback on products;
  • Only organised with enough participants.

If you have interest in a writing session please contact your UTQ supervisor (see schedule above).


Read about the personal experiences of two lecturers with UTQ. 
Report and experiences of ITC- teachers regarding the UTQ two-day session


Contact our secretariat or the BKO/UTQ coordinator: 
Marije Hahnen-Florijn, phone: 053-4894366;