University Teaching Qualification (UTQ track)

To enhance the quality of teaching to our students we pay a lot of attention to the education of our teachers. We plan to gradually make the UTQ-track mandatory for the greater teacher roles. From 2013-2014 the UTQ-track will be mandatory for all educational directors, program coordinators and chairpersons and members of EC’s TC’s. Starting in the academic year 2014-2015 the UTQ-track will be mandatory for all C-roles (coordinating roles), including the role of the block-coordinator. As said we plan to do this to enhance the quality of our teaching and to stimulate people’s participation in the UTQ-track.

The UTQ (University Teaching Qualification) can be obtained in two ways:

1. Standard UTQ course
The standard course is intended for teachers with (intermediately) teaching experience and/or for faculty members who want to improve their educational skills and expertise. Besides 5 training days, workplace-based learning and portfolio learning are central components of the course. The average study load (SBU) of UTQ is 185 (including: training days, reading educational literature, writing portfolio, applying newly acquired knowledge in the educational work environment, coaching and reflection). The FHML compensates the department  with a fee of 60 hours.

Dates regular UTQ course
Start January 2017
25 January, 22 February, 22 March, 19 April, 17 May

Start May 2017
9 May, 6 June, 4 July, 5 September, 3 October

Start January 2018
24 January, 21 February, 21 March, 18 April, 23 May

Start May 2018
15 May, 12 June, 10 July, 11 September, 9 October

Please note: Registration for the regular UTQ-programme is only possible after having received the certificates of the training "Short introduction in Principles of PBL" and  the training "Tutor and teaching in a PBL setting".

2. RAC track
The Recognition of Achieved Competencies (RAC) track is only for teachers with ample theoretical and practical teaching experience. Participants are required to submit a teaching CV and a self assessment, but do not have to produce a portfolio. Participants receive no compensation.

It is the aim of the board of the Institute for Education at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) that all faculty members obtain the UTQ certificate. The board envisages that this aim will be achieved in phases over a number of years.

Further information about UTQ courses

For more information please contact the UTQ coördinator (W. Huveneers) via e-mail:

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