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The Master’s programme in Journalism, Media and Globalisation at the UvA has recently been accredited as a joint degree by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), the institution’s first joint degree with a foreign partner.

The Master’s programme in Journalism, Media and Globalisation at the UvA has recently been accredited as a joint degree by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). It is a special accreditation for the University of Amsterdam, as it is the institution’s first joint degree with a foreign partner, namely Aarhus University (Denmark).

This joint degree is the result of an initiative as part of the Erasmus Mundus grant, in collaboration with Aarhus University, City University London (UK), Swansea University (UK) and the University of Hamburg. Joint degrees have been permitted under Dutch law since 2010. This means that students who graduate receive a joint degree from two universities instead of, for example, two separate qualifications for the individual tracks.

The Graduate School of Communication at the UvA has been actively involved with this initiative from the outset and subsequently with the NVAO pilot scheme aimed at accrediting international study programmes in cooperation with international accreditation bodies.

The entire accreditation process has lasted over two years. Director Peter Neijens from the Graduate School of Communication: ‘It was an extremely complex process with many ambiguities due to the new education legislation and various national regulations. I am glad that we were able to bring this process, which involved the efforts of numerous people, to a successful conclusion.’