The event was opened by the BKO coordinator of FNWI, Natasa Brouwer. She reflected on the 15 years of existence of the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) in the Netherlands and at FNWI. She has been coordinating the BKO program since its start in 2008. During that time, 596 lecturers at FNWI have obtained their BKO certificate. After 12 years of great support to the BKO, Petra Zick has said goodbye. She took early retirement. Natasa will retire in November 2023, and she passed the torch to Merel Pompe, who is now one of the trainers and coaches in the BKO program, at this festive award ceremony.
Then Brit Giesbertz presented a new BKO+ program on inclusive education “Step into your students shoes”. Marcel Vreeswijk, the Chairman of the BKO Assessment Committee, presented the BKO certificates. In his speech, Marcel Vreeswijk emphasized that the BKO has contributed to better visibility of the importance of education quality and the recognition of our lecturers' efforts in that regard. Encouraging lecturers to continually professionalize themselves in education and to develop new teaching methods is highly relevant. Marcel Vreeswijk thanked Natasa Brouwer for her passionate dedication to this process.