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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.

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

NVAO is the independent 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.

Link(s): Dutch, English

System of education

Education in Flanders

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, Dutch
Higher Education in Flanders
Link(s): English

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

NVAO - Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie

NVAO is the independent Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures as public bi-national institution the quality of higher education in The Netherlands and Flanders  since 2005.

Link(s): English, Dutch

Post-secondary non-university education

Associate Degree

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 (Vlaamse Kwalificaties Structuur "VKS"), inspired by the EQF for LLL. Therefore in the VKS level 5 was introduced and called "Hoger Beroepsonderwijs (HBO5)".


The higher education degree at level 5 is called "Gegradueerde" and officially translated as "Associate Degree".

Link(s): English, Dutch

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.
From the academic year 2019-2020 also all the programmes leading to Associate Degrees will be listed in the Higher Education Register.


The Higher Education Register presents information in three ways:

1. Information about programmes and institutions
2.Information about studying in Flanders
3.Information about the higher education system

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.

Link(s): English, Dutch
Institutions offering Associate Degrees in Flanders
Link(s): Dutch, Dutch, Dutch

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

Implementation LRC
Flanders (Belgium) has implemented the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, 1997 of the Council of Europe and UNESCO) in details in national legislation: "Besluit van de Vlaamse Regering betreffende de voorwaarden en de procedure tot de erkenning van buitenlandse studiebewijzen uitgereikt in het hoger onderwijs" 14 June 2013.
Link(s): Dutch
NARIC- Vlaanderen

Application form available in English at website

Link(s): Dutch

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Refugees

Flanders has adopted special measures for the recognition of qualifications of refugees, displaced people and persons in a refugee-like situation in Flemish legislation.


(1) Fee

For asylum seekers, refugees and subsidiary protected people the recognition procedure is free of charge. Regular applicants have to pay 300 euro for the recognition of their doctoral degree (PhD), 180 euro for their Associate degree, Bachelor degree or Master degree and 90 euro for a higher education corresponding level statement (“niveaugelijkwaardigheid”). So, refugees, displaced people and persons in a refugee-like situation do not have to pay any fee for the recognition of their degrees.


(2) Procedure

Regarding the recognition procedure it is stipulated that asylum seekers, refugees, subsidiary protected people who are not able to provide all the documents and information, NARIC-Flanders has to offer an adapted and flexible recognition procedure.

NARIC-Flanders also may ask experts to provide an advisory statement regarding the foreign qualification of asylum seekers, refugees, subsidiary protected people and persons who are in a comparable situation on the basis of an interview like this is stipulated in the LRC.


Link(s): Dutch, English

Qualifications Framework

Framework

Bologna (EHEA) & Flanders

The (new) Flemish Higher Education System, which was established in 2005, is Bologna approved and compared with the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA),


The introduction of the Three-Tier system in Flanders (Bachelor-Master-Doctor structure) is one of the most visible results of the Bologna Process.


The higher education degree system in Flanders actually consists of four cycles.


(1) Short Cycle - Intermediate Degrees: Associated degree

(2) First cycle degrees: degree of Bachelor

(3) Second cycle degrees: degree of Master

(4) Third cycle degrees: degree of Doctor (PhD)

Link(s): English

Self Evaluation Report

Bologna - EHEA - Framework of Qualifications in Europe and the North American Region

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):

(1) Bologna Self-Certification Report Flanders

(2) Report of the Verification Committee on Flanders


Link(s): English, English

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Statement(s)

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: 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.

The last one refers to the Academy of Research and Higher Education (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement supérieur, ARES in French) is the umbrella organization gathering all recognized higher education institutions of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels/French Community of Belgium

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.

The last one refers to the Academy of Research and Higher Education (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement supérieur, ARES in French) is the umbrella organization gathering all recognized higher education institutions of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels/French Community of Belgium



Recognised higher education institutions

Directory of Higher Education institutions in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

There are different directories of higher education institutions recognised and/or subsidised by the Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. 

Link(s): French, French, 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.

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Academic recognition of higher education degrees held by refugees

In line with the LRC provisions, the legislation on academic recognition has been revised in order to provide some specific measures for refugees and beneficiaries of the subsidiary protection such as:


-  free of charge procedure;

- alternative procedure for applicants that are unable to present relevant documentation.



Qualifications Framework

Framework

Qualification Framework for Higher Education

The website provides general information concerning the Qualification Framework for Higher Education implemented in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. 

Link(s): French
National Qualification Framework

The Cadre Francophone des Certifications (French-speaking qualifications framework) is a public interest framework and is regulated by the public authorities: the CFC ranks qualifications that are recognised and validated by the public authorities, as the competent authorities, and that originate from public institutions or those pursuing public interest missions.


The CFC is an eight-level framework compatible with the EQF. As an integrative framework, the CFC targets both education and vocational qualifications.


Link(s): French

Self Evaluation Report


Link(s): French, English

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)


Link(s): French
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


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Quality Assurance in Higher Education


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Post-secondary non-university education


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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


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Self Evaluation Report


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Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Statement(s)


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