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Quality assurance

Higher education in the Netherlands enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. This is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is responsible for legislation pertaining to education.


The Master and Master of Science degrees awarded by the University of Twente are formally recognised by the Ministry of OCW, based on accreditation of the programmes by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), and are listed in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO), with number 75014 for the Master of Science and number 70043 for the Master programme.

ECA Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation

The international flavour of the ITC Master’s in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation is highly appreciated by students and external officials alike. To prove the latter, our programme was awarded the ECA Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation by the independent Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), with internationalisation being labelled a “distinctive quality feature”.  

Diploma Supplement

The University of Twente issues a Diploma Supplement for its degree programmes. The Diploma Supplement is being issued in a widely spoken European language, given automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation. The Diploma Supplement (DS) is an internationally recognized document attached to the diploma. 

The DS gives a detailed description of the holder’s qualification(s) and a description of the national education system. One of the main aims of the DS is to ensure a fair and objective academic and professional judgment of your qualifications abroad. It is important to note that the DS is a supplement to, not a replacement of, the diploma.

International Handbook of Universities

Please also view the International Handbook of Universities. All information contained in the Handbook is validated at the national and institutional levels.

Code of conduct

ITC has signed the "Code of Conduct with respect to International Students in Dutch Higher Education". The Code of Conduct is the result of cooperation between all Dutch institutions of higher education, the Dutch Ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), Justice, and Foreign Affairs, commercial learning institutes, and several international organisations that are financed by the Dutch Ministry of OCW. The Code of Conduct came into effect on 1 May 2006.

The Code of Conduct states that institutes must provide clear and up-to-date information on admission procedures, the accreditation status of the programmes, the quality criteria that must be adhered to, and the internal procedures that guarantee this quality, as well as a description of the study programme and its admission requirements.

The educational institution must also detail the services it provides to international students within the framework of obtaining a visa and a residence permit, housing, introduction, informational materials and the related costs.


Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) is a Faculty of The University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. The University of Twente is included in several reputable rankings and is generally counted among the top 1% of universities worldwide.