The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.
This term requires explanation because it is not a physical space, as the term suggests, but rather a didactic approach. A secondary school as ‘study centre’ provides an environment where knowledge is pursued rather than transferred, and pupils learn to learn instead of merely receiving instruction. The concept was introduced in HAVO and VWO in 1999-2000.
Source: Dutch Educational System, Nuffic (updates in 2000 and 2003).