Belgium - higher education system

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Country: Belgium
Population (mln): 10,9
Official language/s: Dutch, French, German
Internet TLD: .be
Calling code: +32
Member of the EU from: 23rd July 1952
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 7,3
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): 19,3
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 7,5
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): 18,9
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 12,5
Country codes in education system: BE
Expected duration of education (years): 19,6

Belgium (Flemish Community)

Higher education comprises the following programmes:

  • programmes organised by higher vocational education that lead to an associate degree, NQF Flanders 5
  • programmes which lead to the degree of Bachelor, NQF Flanders 6;
  • programmes which lead to the degree of Master, NQF Flanders 7;
  • the degree of Doctor, NQF Flanders 8;
  • programmes which may be rounded off with a postgraduate certificate;
  • continuing education, shorter courses for advanced and in-service training purposes;
  • the integrated teacher-training programmes (Bachelor in education: nursery education, Bachelor in education: primary education and Bachelor in education: secondary education) and the specific teacher-training programmes organised by university colleges & universities, which lead to the diploma of teacher (diploma van leraar).

In the wake of the Bologna Process, higher education in Flanders has been reformed into a three-tier higher-education system with the following key characteristics:

  • The Flemish higher education structure

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Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta,, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND
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