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10/12/10  (jp)  [0 Comments]

Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands

VET in the Netherlands has to deal with a lot of important challenges and ambitions for its approximately 460.000 students. These challenges are e.g. the drop out problem, the strengthening of social cohesion, the improvement of the matching of education with the labour market, the continuous attention for quality assurance and the further implementation of competence based learning.
The quality assurance system used by most institutions in the Netherlands is the INK, the Dutch version of the EFQM approach. Peer Review is used on different levels and the Peer Team is looking as a real critical friend for answers to the questions of the institution. These questions may be at the problem finding level, to see if there are problems in certain quality areas, at the diagnostic level the Peer Team gives an opinion on the correctness of the diagnosis of a problem by the institution and on the design level the Peer Teams answers the question if the design will work. All reviews must of course be relevant, solid and the material must be efficiently obtained.
The Peer Review being a voluntary quality approach is build on the assumption of the permissive manager who has a positive regard on his staff as positive, motivated professionals.
A presentation about Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands (click to download ppt) was held in the Finnish National Quality Conference in September 2010. For more information please contact Willem de Ridder, w.deridder@aventus.nl.

Willem de Ridder