Since 2019, the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) has received extra money, just like other higher educational institutions, to invest in the quality of the education. The money has become available as a result of the abolition of the basic student grant and the way in which it is spent has now been laid down in the Quality agreements.
Various projects have been developed within the AHK for this money to be spent on, both by the academies separately and on cross-academy projects. The projects vary widely and focus, for example, on language skills, diversity or entrepreneurship. A good example is the investment in the MarkerSpace at the Marineterrein site in Amsterdam, where students can now work with 3D printers, virtual reality, laser cutting machines and CNC milling machines.
Moreover, the plans tie in with the six themes from the sector agreements on the basis of which the Quality agreements are assessed:
- suitable and good educational facilities;
- more and better supervision of students;
- further professionalisation of lecturers/teachers (quality of lecturers);
- more intensive and small-scale teaching (intensity of teaching);
- study success, including transfer rate, accessibility and equal opportunities;
- educational differentiation, including talent development within and outside the study.
In February 2020, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) made a positive recommendation to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science about the plans for quality agreements. If the minister adopts this recommendation, the money for those plans from the ministry will be guaranteed. One condition, however, is that the plans are regularly evaluated and adjusted in the interim period, in consultation with the representative advisory bodies.