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UTQ Policy

In early 2008, the fourteen Dutch universities officially signed the  University Teaching Qualification agreement (UTQ). This means that professionalism is mutually recognized and that lecturers with a UTQ certificate are considered to be qualified for academic teaching by all participating institutions.

Document:  University Teaching Qualification agreement

The parties sign the agreement
The parties sign the agreement

In mid-2010, the ad hoc Committee for the Staff Development made the recommendation that, in addition to new lecturers, current lecturers should also gain a UTQ certificate. A University-wide abbreviated qualification programme was set up, which lecturers with more than five years teaching experience could use to demonstrate their competences relatively easily. The enclosed memorandum describes the quality requirements for University of Groningen lecturers. Unfortunately, the documents are in Dutch.

Document:  final recommendation of the committee for staff development

The Board of the University and the Committee of Deans approved the registration procedure in late 2010, which means that it can now be implemented under the responsibility of the faculties. This is facilitated by centrally provided tools to support faculties and lecturers in the implementation.

In addition, the Board of the University has decided that by 2015, 80% of all lecturers must have a University Teaching Qualification. This goal has been achieved. Experienced lecturers can use their UTQ registration to prove that they satisfy the following quality requirements:

  • Design and redesign of teaching
  • Teaching and supervising students
  • Testing and assessment
  • Evaluation
Last modified:04 February 2019 1.57 p.m.
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