Nuffic Glossary

The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.

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recognition; accreditation; validation

Recognition is the general term, which in English can refer to the recognition of diplomas, degrees, titles and/or institutions. Depending on the country, an institution that is 'recognised' might also be said to be 'accredited', whereas a recognised study programme is said to be either 'accredited' or 'validated'.

Generally 'recognition' is a legal matter regulated by government, whereas 'accreditation' and 'validation' are in the hands of an independent organisation or association.