University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)

The UTQ (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO in Dutch)is a proof of teaching skills for university teaching staff, which allows you to demonstrate a proven ability to develop and teach courses at university level. It is recognized by all Dutch universities. VU-Academic Centre for Human Behaviour and Movement  (VU-UCGB in Dutch) offers various programmes leading to the UTQ. Which one of these is most suitable for you will depend on your teaching experience, any teaching qualifications you may already possess and how much time you have available. 

Who are these programmes intended for?

The UTQ training programmes are intended for all teaching staff at universities in Holland. Most professors, associate and assistant professors and lecturers at grade 1 and 2 at VU University Amsterdam are obliged to gain the UTQ, in accordance with agreements VU University Amsterdam has made with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). These training programmes are also open to research staff of universities with teaching commitments.

UTQ training programmes

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University Teaching Programme (UTP)
For teaching staff with less than five years’ teaching experience in a university context. This programme consists of two components. ‘Teaching Practice’ is aimed at expanding your teaching repertoire and helping you to develop an individual teaching style. ‘Course Design’ gives you the opportunity to develop a course or to modify an existing one, with the emphasis on justifying the development choices made and on the teaching principles that underlie these choices.
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Fast-track University Teaching Programme (F-UTP)
For teaching staff with at least five years’ teaching experience in a university context. The approach here is very similar to that of the UTP, but the programme is shorter and more intensive.
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Individual University Teaching Programme (i-UTP)
For teaching staff with at least ten years’ teaching experience in a university context and/or who are qualified to teach at all levels of Dutch secondary education. You compile your own training portfolio, which should demonstrate that you possess the teaching skills corresponding to the achievement levels laid down in the UTQ.

If you are not sure which programme is the best one for you, please contact Lianne Plantinga (UTQ coordinator) for advice.

These programmes are also available in Dutch, see Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO),Basisopleiding universitair docent,BKO-verkort and individueel BKO-traject.