HBO5 is the short cycle higher education level in Flanders (level 5 in the European Qualification Framework). It is a programme of 900 hours of class, and is s the link between secondary and higher education. It prepare students for specific professions, encompasses work-based learning and is regionally embedded.
HBO5 legislation was introduced in 2009, introducing ECTS and quality assurance (QA). in 2012, some changes were introduced, to foster collaboration between university colleges and center for adult education, but implementation was dragged down by the complexity of the text. The NVAO and VLOHRA thus started pilot projects to see how to concretely implement level 5, by consulting all stakeholders.
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