MSc Business Administration Passes NVAO Accreditation

On January 8 2019, an NVAO committee visited VU Amsterdam for the accreditation of the fulltime and parttime Master programs in Business Administration, and for the upcoming independence of the Master programs in Digital Business & Innovation, Financial Management, and Transport & Supply Chain Management.

01/21/2019 | 12:39 PM

The NVAO is the accreditation organization of Dutch and Belgian universities, and each university program needs to be assessed every 6 years as a form of quality assessment.
After the previous NVAO accreditation round, all SBE Master programs have been thoroughly redesigned, and these new programs started in the academic year 2017-2018. In this sense, the accreditation was a good evaluation of the changes that have been made, and an assessment of whether the programs are going in the right direction.

Some of the feedback from the previous round included a need for better integration with practice and preparation for the labor market, and more coherent programs with clear learning goals. These – and other – issues were taken into account during the redesign of the programs and have been significantly improved.

The committee was very positive in its assessment of the programs. Last November, the Bachelor programs in Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde) and International Business Administration, as well as the joint VU-UVA Master program in Entrepreneurship already passed the accreditation. Now, the fulltime and parttime Master programs in Business Administration also passed the accreditation without any issues. The three programs that will become independent also received a positive assessment, and their process towards becoming independent Master programs will continue.

One important thing to mention is that both for the Bachelor and Master programs, the committee mentioned that we have a very high quality and dedicated teaching staff. This is a well-deserved compliment to all our colleagues, whom we sincerely thank for all their hard work in the programs!