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The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands & Flanders (NVAO) has awarded the ‘Distinctive (Quality) Feature for Internationalisation' to three of the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Master of Laws programmes .

The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands & Flanders (NVAO) has awarded the ‘Distinctive (Quality) Feature for Internationalisation' to three of the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Master of Laws programmes . These programmes are: International and European Law, European Private Law and International Criminal Law (a joint programme with Columbia Law School, New York).

In July of this year, twelve institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium participated in an ‘internationalisation' pilot scheme organised by the NVAO, assessing the quality and degree of internationalisation of 21 study programmes. The UvA's Faculty of Law put forward three Master's programmes for assessment. The NVAO looked at six different criteria: vision or policy on internationalisation, learning outcomes, teaching and learning, staff, services and students. The assessment was made based on a report, and an inspection by an independent panel set up by the NVAO.

The NVAO already looks at internationalisation as a rule when accrediting study programmes. However, the ‘Distinctive (Quality) Feature for Internationalisation' is different in that the study programme needs to distinguish itself in terms of internationalisation, the level of ambition must be high and there has to be an explicit vision on internationalisation. The award of the ‘Distinctive (Quality) Feature for Internationalisation' confirms the impressive international reputation of the UvA's Faculty of Law and its Master's programmes.

About the NVAO

The NVAO safeguards the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. It evaluates the study programmes of educational institutes, grants quality marks and aids the advancement of overall quality.