Education and diplomas Bangladesh

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Common diplomas of Bangladesh

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Bangladesh, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

Secondary School Certificate/Dakhil Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to upper general secondary education and to vocational secondary education (Diploma).

Higher Secondary Certificate (Business management)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 3 diploma (NLQF 3/EQF 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diploma in Engineering

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 3/4 diploma (NLQF 3 or 4/EQF 3 or 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study in higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations. A maximum of half a year of exemptions can be granted.

Higher Secondary Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma with vocational components (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Higher Secondary Certificate (humanities/sciences)/Alim Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Pass Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma or 2 years HBO (NLQF 4+/ 4/5/EQF 4/5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Master's in higher professional education (Degree College).

Honours Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the university Master.

M.Sc./M.A. (1 year after Honours Bachelor)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor's degree or HBO master's degree (NLQF 6 or 7/EQF 6 or 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the Master of Philosophy.

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

Master’s degree college

  • Dutch comparison: HBO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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