Inholland University wants to make amends

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The Inholland University of Applied Sciences is to offer a course programme to 83 of its graduates to upgrade their diplomas to bachelor’s level.

InHolland Chairman Doekle Terpstra announced on Thursday that the course programme was to be developed in collaboration with the Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg Inter-City Student Council, or ISO. Mr Terpstra said the exact nature of the programme was not yet clear, but said “We will take responsibility for the conclusions contained in the Schools Inspectorate’s report."

The Inspectorate’s report, parts of which were released on Wednesday, showed that 39 percent of the InHolland graduates it investigated were awarded a bachelor’s degree on the basis of a sub-standard curriculum.

ISO Chair Guy Hendricks said he was pleased Inholland was willing to talk: “The first priority must be some form of compensation for those students with invalid diplomas. It’s good to know InHolland wants to limit the extent of the damage.

Inholland is also involved in talks with ISO and the Landelijke Studenten Vakbond National Students Union, or LSVb, about developing a tool to monitor student satisfaction. Mr Terpstra said: “We are currently involved in talks on the subject. I regard the student unions as allies of higher education and of In Holland in particular.”

Guy Hendricks did not want to go that far: “ISO is willing to give advice about improvements, but we are going to wait until the Schools Inspectorate has released its full report because there is a chance this problem involves not just InHolland but all institutions of higher education."

Publication of the full report is expected still this week. Earlier this year, the Schools Inspectorate ordered an investigation of dozens of colleges and two universities. Green Left MP Jesse Klaver has requested an emergency debate on the issue with Deputy Education Minister Halbe Zijlstra.

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