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Positive assessment for UT's quality assurance system

At the end of May, UT received a positive assessment for its quality assurance system for education. The assessment was an interim evaluation of the institutional conditions for quality of education and was conducted by an external panel of experts. The panel was chaired by Prof Dr Anja Oskamp and consisted of Prof Frank van der Duyn Schouten, Prof Ellen Giebels, Selin Yağmur (student member) and Drs Suzanne den Tuinder (secretary). This panel considered, based on documents and conversations with students and program directors, among others, whether the quality assurance system is robust enough for the coming years and the institution review scheduled for 2025.

At the end of the day, the panel reflected on its preliminary conclusions. The panel saw dedicated staff members, engaged students, a strong community and an administration with vision, leading to a future-proof university with ample focus on education. The panel also shared some recommendations, including having attention to signals from the informal circuit, promoting "learning from each other" and providing space for teaching talent.

The conditions for quality of education are laid down in legal frameworks. Once every six years, the institution is assessed by an external panel of the Dutch-Flamish Accreditation Organisation (in Dutch: NVAO), which checks the extent to which the institution meets these conditions. In addition, all programs that award Bachelor's or Master's degrees are assessed once every six years by an external panel of experts.

UT has met the institution assessment since 2013, and was positively reassessed in 2019. The next assessment will follow in 2025. In preparation for that assessment, UT is incorporating the recommendations of this panel.