Flemish 'institutional review' is taking shape
It is expected that the Flemish government will soon give the green light to a new evaluation and accreditation system in Flanders, the so-called 'NAS'. The main novelty of the new system is the institutional review of the educational policy in universities and university colleges.
Expert panels will assess management and control of the three missions of higher education institutes: teaching, research and scientific support.
Institutional reviews are mandatory for all Flemish universities and university colleges and will be introduced in a trial round in 2015-2017.
In the coming months, all stakeholders will further refine the evaluation framework and procedures for the institutional reviews.
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High level support for academic cooperation across linguistic borders
During a joint seminar the interuniversity councils of the Flemish and the French community (VLIR and CIUF) concluded that the agreements for academic mobility across linguistic borders are not fully implemented. VLIR and CIUF therefore developed a strategic plan leading to better understanding and awareness of the potential of this type of exchange. The Prince Filip Foundation welcomes this initiative and decided to grant financial support to the project.
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VLIR organises consultation on study orientation
VLIR invites partners from secondary schools and university colleges for informal consultation on the transition towards higher education. All too many school leavers have to cope with disappointment and failure during the first phase of higher education. In a strategy paper VLIR announces its willingness to reflect with al stakeholders confronted with this challenge. Discussion teams will concentrate on tools for study orientation, study guidance and access to higher education.
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Organisation of the academic calendar in post Bologna era
VLIR explores the possibilities for a more flexible organisation of the academic year. In recent years various reforms have been implemented in higher education; however the academic calendar remained unchanged. The present flexibility of the academic curriculum asks for a reflection on the format and timing of examination, a balanced distribution of study load and facilities for reorientation.