Towards More Transparency in Higher Education: The Dutch National Qualifications Framework
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), 2010.
“Higher education of an outstanding quality constitutes the basis of our knowledge society. The international mobility of students and teachers is an essential component in this. People want to study and work wherever they can develop and use their talents to the optimum, without being hindered by national borders. That is why over the past ten years, the education ministers of – currently – 46 European countries have made numerous agreements on the development of a
system of internationally comparable qualifications to make higher education systems more transparent and to bring them into better harmony with one another.
With the signing of the Bologna Declaration in 1999, the education ministers laid the foundations for the establishment of the European Higher Education Area. Every country observes a comparable structure of qualifications, uses the same credits system (ECTS) and awards graduates a Diploma Supplement in accordance with a European model.”