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Dutch Vet: Not Appreciated at Home

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 02 January 22 2019

January 2019

Cedefop has published an Opinion Survey on Vocational Education and Training in Europe: Netherlands, based on data collected in the Cedefop European public opinion survey on vocational education and training done in 2016.
The survey shows that far more people in the Netherlands have a negative opinion of VET than on average in the EU: 41% against 23%. This is all the more surprising as both CEDEFOP itself and the OECD regard the Dutch VET system among the best in the world. According to the CEDEFOP data, in Europe only France and Hungary show an even more negative image of VET. Of the countries in which Aurora universities are located, the UK shows the most positive perception, followed by Germany. It may be a coincidence, but both these countries have always seen VET as post-secondary education rather than the vocational form of upper secondary education. In Belgium, the image of VET is even worse than in the Netherlands.

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