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The Kingdom of Belgium has a federal state structure and education belongs to the exclusive competences of the Communities. Therefore, in each Community there is a NARIC centre.For specific information from one of those centres, please click below:
Flemish Community

National Information Centres

NARIC-Vlaanderen
NARIC-Flanders

Ministry of Education and Training
Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Training (AKOV)
Hendrik Consciencegebouw Toren C2
Koning Albert II-laan 15
B-1210 Brussels, Belgium

Phone: +32 2 553 89 58
Fax:
E-mail: naric@vlaanderen.be
Web Site: http://www.naric.be
Contact person: Daniël De Schrijver / Karen Pattheeuws

National education bodies

Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming
Ministry of Education and Training
Link(s): English, Dutch
VLHORA - Vlaamse Hogescholenraad
Council of Flemish University Colleges

The VLHORA, the Council of Flemish University Colleges, was established in 1996 and was awarded the statute of public utility institution by law in 1998. The VLHORA gives advice to the Flemish authorities on all policy aspects regarding university college education, applied research, social services and the practice of the arts. Moreover the VLHORA organises and stimulates consultation between the institutions on all issues related to the university colleges.

VLIR - Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad
Flemish Interuniversity Council

In 1976, the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) was set up as an autonomous public body with its own institutional status. The council consists of members who represent the Flemish universities. It defends the interests of the universities and gives advice to the Flemish government on university matters (consultation, advice and recommendations).
In addition, the council organises consultation between the universities.

Link(s): Dutch
NVAO - Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie
Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

NVAO is the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.

System of education

Education in Flanders
Link(s): English, English

University education

Higher Education in Flanders

The Higher Education Register is a legal register that presents information in three ways:

1.Information about programmes and instutions

2.Information about studying in Flanders

3.Information about the higher education system

Link(s): English
Higher Education in Flanders

several publications are available at this website

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

NVAO - Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie

NVAO is the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in The Netherlands and Flanders by assessing and accrediting programmes and contributes to enhancing this quality.

Post-secondary non-university education

not (yet) available

The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning "EQF for LLL" was approved by the European Parliament and the European Council in 2008. The EQF for LLL is a translation tool to make qualifications expressed in competences intelligible and comparable at European level.

Subsequent to the European developments, the Flemish Parliament has developed in 2009 a Flemish qualifications framework, inspired by the EQF and forming the basis for a Flemish qualifications structure.
So, in the NQF of Flanders level 5 was introduced and called "Hoger Beroepsonderwijs" (translated as "Associate Degree").

Recognised higher education institutions

Hogeronderwijsregister - Higher Education Register

The Higher Education Register is a legal register that contains all the accredited higher education programmes in Flanders, Belgium offered at registered higher education institutions, included non-statutory (private) ones.

All Bachelor and Master's programmes need accreditation in order to be recognised as higher education programmes and to be able to award recognised degrees.

The Higer Education Register presents information in three ways:

1. Information about programmes and instutions
The programme and instutional details can be found by using the browsing function and the search engine.

2.Information about studying in Flanders
A quick guide helps provides you with some essential guidelines and stepping stones. What do you have to deal with when considering studies in Flanders? This concerns issues such as visa and residence but also tuition, costs and grants. Some practical information will help you get acquanted to living in Flanders.

3.Information about the higher education system
This is information about the recognised insitutions, the type of programmes and degrees, the credit system and the admission requirements.
Only accredited degree programmes are listed in the Higher Education Register. Accredited degree programmes meet, according to the NVAO (the independent accreditation organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, Belgium) predefined quality standards.

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

NARIC- Vlaanderen

Application form available in English at website

Link(s): Dutch

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework

Framework

National Qualifications Framework - Flanders

Information concerning the National Framework of Qualifications in Higher Education in Flanders, which is compatible with the overarching Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA).

Link(s): English

Self Evaluation Report

Framework of Qualifications in Europe and the North American Region

Self-Certification Report of Flanders (Belgium)

Link(s): English, English

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

Departement Onderwijs en Vorming - Afdeling Hoger Onderwijs - beleidsvoorbereiding
Higher Education Policy Division

Department of Education and Training

Higher Education Policy Division
Hendrik Consciencegebouw Toren 7A
Koning Albert II-laan 15
B-1210 Brussels

Phone: +32 2 553 98 08
Fax: +32 2 553 98 05
E-mail: erwin.malfroy@ond.vlaanderen.be
Link: Dutch and English

Additional information:
A legally compulsory Flemish Diploma Supplement has been awarded automatically at universities since 1991 and at university colleges since 1994. The new Higher Education Law -introducing the Bachelor/Master structure in higher education in Flanders- of April 4, 2003 endorses the concept of a Diploma Supplement. The existing Flemish Diploma Supplement has been adapted to the international model and is being issued starting with the 2004/2005 academic year. Every student in Flanders automatically receives a Diploma Supplement with his degree. The degree and the accompanying diploma supplement are intrinsically interlinked and are regarded as one single whole. At the request of students, the statutory registered institutions for higher education will also furnish a free once-off copy of the degree and Diploma Supplement in English. The degree and Diploma Supplement for programmes taught entirely in another language than Dutch are issued both in the teaching language and in Dutch.

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Diploma Supplement in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

The website provides general information concerning the Diploma Supplement in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, including contact point and legal framework.

Link(s): French
Higher Education Register - Diploma Supplement
Link(s): English
French Community

National Information Centres

NARIC de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
NARIC of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels
Directorate General for Non-Compulsory Education and Scientific Research
Rue A. Lavallée 1
B-1080 Brussels
Belgium

Phone: +32 2 690 88 57
Fax: +32 2 690 87 60
E-mail: enic-naric@cfwb.be
Web Site: http://www.enseignement.be/index.php?page=24808&navi=2087
Contact person: Mr. Kevin GUILLAUME/Ms. Céline NICODEME

National education bodies

Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Direction générale de l'enseignement non obligatoire et de la recherche scientifique
Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Directorate General for Non-Compulsory Education and Scientific Research
Link(s): French, French

System of education

Education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

The website provides essential information concerning the educational system in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, including pre-primary education, primary education, secondary education, specialised education, higher education and adult education.

Link(s): French

University education

Higher Education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

The first website provides general information concerning higher education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, including the structure of higher education, the implementation of the Bologna process, the quality assurance, the academic and professional recognition, etc.
The second website provides international visitors (students, professors, professionals, etc.) with general information concerning higher education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Agency for the quality evaluation of higher education

The Agency for the quality evaluation of higher education (AEQES) is the independent body reponsible for the planning and following-up of external quality evaluation procedures. The Agency was set up following the adoption of the Act of 14 November 2002. In 2008, it has been restructured in order to enhance its autonomy and financial means.

Link(s): French

Post-secondary non-university education

Higher Education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

The first website provides general information concerning higher education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, including the structure of higher education, the implementation of the Bologna process, the quality assurance, the academic and professional recognition, etc.
The second website provides international visitors (students, professors, professionals, etc.) with general information concerning higher education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

Recognised higher education institutions

Directory of Higher Education institutions in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

The website provides a directory of higher education institutions recognised and/or subsidised by the Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. Search can be done by type of institutions or programmes.

Link(s): French

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

Recognition legislation and procedures in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

The website provides essential information concerning the legislation and the procedures applied in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels for the recognition of foreign qualifications.

Link(s): French, French

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework

Framework


The website provides general information concerning the Qualifications framework for higher education implemented in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. So far, the framework has not been reviewed.

Link(s): French

Self Evaluation Report


No link is available at this time

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

Direction générale de l'Enseignement non obligatoire et de la Recherche scientifique
Directorate General for Non-Compulsory Education and Scientific Research
Rue A. Lavallée 1
B-1080 Brussels

Phone: +32 2 690 87 96
Fax: +32 2 690 87 60
E-mail: nadia.lahlou@cfwb.be
Link: French

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Higher Education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

The website provides international visitors (students, professors, professionals, etc.) with general information concerning higher education in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

Link(s): French, English
German-speaking Community

National Information Centres

Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens, Fachbereich Ausbildung und Unterrichtsorganisation
Ministry of the German-speaking Community, Department VET and Organisation of Education

Gospertstraße 1
4700 Eupen

Phone: +32 87 596 300
Fax: +32 87 556 475
E-mail: unterricht@dgov.be
Web Site: http://www.bildungsserver.be
Contact person: Jörg Vomberg

National education bodies

Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens, Fachbereich Ausbildung und Unterrichtsorganisation
Ministry of the German-speaking Community, Department VET and Organisation of Education
Link(s): German

System of education


Link(s): German

University education


No link is available at this time

Quality Assurance in Higher Education


No link is available at this time

Post-secondary non-university education


No link is available at this time

Recognised higher education institutions


Link(s): German

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications


Link(s): German

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework

Framework


No link is available at this time

Self Evaluation Report


No link is available at this time

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Statement(s)


No link is available at this time