University Teaching Qualification (BasisKwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO)
Leiden University offers its teachers support in ensuring that their teaching is excellent and inspiring. Recent developments in education lead to new teaching competences criteria and to meet these, the university offers a number of training options.
Good-quality teaching is essential for the university. Being a good teacher is an art. An art which has to be developed and maintained. This is the only way for the university to deliver the quality demanded by students and financiers. To this end, in 2008, the Dutch universities introduced the University Teaching Qualification (BasisKwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). An accreditation mark for teachers who have proven that they master the art of teaching, and a basis on which they can further expand their skills.
The BKO trajectory is intended for lecturers and senior lecturers who wish to complete a university teaching qualification. All lecturers who have been appointed by the university since 1 January 2008 must demonstrate that they have basic teaching skills. ICLON offers five training programmes which can support teachers in successfully completing their BKO track.