About our education

quality of education

On this page you can find information about quality assurance, surveys and teacher professionalization.

Quality assurance

The quality of education at the University of Twente is assessed both internally and externally. Internal quality assurance is organised through dedicated committees and periodic evaluations with students and staff, at the level of courses, programmes and departments. Externally, the institution as a whole and all programmes are assessed by the national accreditation organisation (NVAO) and for some programmes also by accreditation organisations specific to the field of study.

FORMAL STATUS

The University of Twente is a state-appointed research university, subject to the Dutch Law on Higher Education and Scientific Research.

With regard to international students: the University of Twente has signed the “Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education”, which gives guidelines for the quality of services to international students. More information about the code of conduct can be found at International Study.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

Below you can find more information about the external assessments of our education.

Accreditation

All bachelor’s and master’s degree-programmes at the University of Twente are accredited by NVAO, the national accreditation organization. They commission a review of the programmes by a committee of (international) experts and students once every six years.

NVAO also conducts institutional audits of universities in the Netherlands, to assess their internal system of quality assurance and management. Universities can choose to be subject to these audits every six years as well. University of Twente has successfully passed the audit in 2014.

More information about the accreditation procedure and the register of accredited programmes can de found on the NVAO website.

Next to the national accreditation system, some programmes are assessed by accreditation organisations specific to their field. If this is the case, these accreditations are mentioned on their programme websites.

Rankings

The University of Twente participates in a number of reputable rankings, like the Times Higher Education, QS and ARWU. These rankings show that, relative to its size, the Dutch higher education system is in the absolute top of the world.

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

There are a number of organisational bodies that play a role in managing and assessing the quality of education.

Degree Programme Advisory Committee

Each programme has a Degree Programme Advisory Committee. The Degree Programme Advisory is a advisory body to the board of the programme. It consists of an equal number of staff members and students. The committee also monitors the quality of education. Based on the results of the programme evaluations, they identify possible weaknesses and organizational bottlenecks and advice on solutions.

Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners decides if the student has met the requirements for the degree. The Board consists of lecturers in the programme as well as external members. It also has a statutory duty to monitor the quality of examinations and other forms of testing.

Employee and student representation

Councils of elected students and staff monitor both the department- and university-boards. They advise on budgets and quality reports and have a strong voice in rules and regulations for education.

Student associations

There is an autonomous student association for every programme or group of programmes. The student associations conduct their own surveys of teaching quality and monitor complaints by students. They are an important and respected advisor to the programme management.

Surveys

Opinions and experiences of students regarding programmes and facilities are collected through student questionnaires that are carried out at least twice per semester.

Students also get an annual questionnaire through the National Student Survey (‘Nationale Studenten Enquete’).

For international students, the University of Twente also participates in the International Student Barometer (ISB). ISB tracks and compares the expectations and experience of our international students from application to graduation.

Our alumni are questioned by-annually on their experience in the labour market through the Nationale Alumni Enquête (NAE). Furthermore, the university encourages alumni to stay involved.

Teacher professionalisation

In our view linking teaching to research remains crucial for university education. We select our academic staff on the basis of their capability of combining teaching and research. That these two activities inspire and motivate mutually is of the utmost importance.

Good teaching is of critical importance to the University. Good teaching is a skill in itself and it is one that you must develop and maintain. Only then can the University offer the quality that students deserve. The Dutch universities therefore introduced the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) in 2008. The UTQ is a mark of quality for lecturers who have thus proven that they have mastered the craft. It is a basis from which they can further develop their skills.