Education and diplomas Surinam

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Common diplomas of Surinam

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

MULO diploma

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education and to secondary vocational education.

NATIN diploma

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 3-4 diploma (NLQF 3/4/EQF 3/4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher professional education and to research based education, sometimes upon completion of a transition year.

HAVO diploma

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher professional education and to research based education, sometimes upon completion of a transition year.

Certificate for the Algemeen Vormende Fase

  • Dutch comparison: approximately HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: grants access to the vocational phase of the study programme to become a teacher.

VWO diploma

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Bachelor of Arts (AHKCO)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 year.
  • Type of education: higher art education.

Bachelor of Applied Technology (BTech) (Polytechnic College Suriname)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (higher technical educatio) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years (evening programme).
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Getuigschrift Jeugdtandverzorger

  • Dutch comparison: 3 years HBO (higher health education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).

Akte van bekwaamheid tot het geven van Gewoon lager onderwijs

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (higher pedagogical education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.

MO-A Akte

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (higher pedagogical education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher pedagogical education.

MO-B Akte

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (higher pedagogical education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (Anton de Kom Universiteit)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.

5-year (old style) doctoraal in de maatschappijwetenschappen

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: research based education.

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

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