By October 1 next year, the medical schools in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will know whether they receive formal recognition as institutes of higher learning. Dutch caretaker Minister of Education, Culture and Science Marja van Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart informed Dutch Parliament on Friday that the medical schools have started the procedure for an extensive and reinforced examination as part of the request to be formally recognised as a legal entity for higher education at the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders for higher education NVAO. An expert panel visited the medical schools in May this year, explained Van Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart in response to written questions posed by the conservative VVD party in the Second Chamber. The NVAO will decide in August or September this year about the quality of education at the schools in question. If the NVAO gives a positive advice, the medical school in question may submit a request for formal recognition as a legal entity for higher education to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The Minister will seek an opinion from the Dutch Inspection for Education about the continuity of the legal entity and the compliance with the rules set in the Law on Higher Education and Scientific Research on the quality care, registration, level of education, exams and training requirements. After that the Minister will take a decision on granting the medical school a formal status as higher education institute. It has been agreed with the medical schools that the entire procedure should be completed by October 1, 2013.
The medical schools in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba need formal recognition from Dutch education authorities since the islands became part of The Netherlands as ‘public entities’ on October 1, 2010.
Source: “The Daily Herald” 2012-07-09 (102)