Institutional Review 2022: University Education Quality

In the autumn of 2022, the institutional review took place at Ghent University. All recognized Flemish higher education institutions (universities and university colleges) are subject to a mandatory periodic assessment in the form of an institutional review.

The review process assesses whether an institution’s education policy and quality assurance conduct (in Dutch: eigen regie) are up to standards. A positive outcome, be it conditional or not, results in an extension of the accreditation periods for accredited study programmes at that institution. A negative outcome entails a return to external quality assessments of individual study programmes by NVAO.

In this period, an internationally composed committee paid visit to Ghent University: 

  • An exploratory site visit on 11 October 2022 which focused on getting to know the institution thoroughly and
  • An in-depth site visit from 12 to 14 December 2022 in which the committee examined the implementation of the education policy and quality assurance within the institution.

Each institution has to submit a Critical Reflection to NVAO at least six weeks before the exploratory site visit by the committee. For Ghent University, the submission date is set for 15 July 2022.

Institutional Review

The Critical Reflection consists of three chapters and an illustration.

Image of the front page of Critical reflection document

Each of the chapters outlined above concludes with a critical reflection of its own, pointing out marked strengths and weaknesses. 

Institutional Review 2016

On 11 September 2017, Ghent University received the institutional review’s positive assessment results. 

You can read the 2016 Critical Self-Reflection here (in Dutch). 

The reports issued by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (in Dutch: NVAO) contain the actual results: 


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