Rotterdam Academy (Regional Associate College)

14th December 2015

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Location / Country / Region

The Netherlands

Time frame

Started in 2012.


Cooperation between VET providers and Higher Education Institutions is very important for youngsters willing to have a degree (and diploma) at a higher level. Drop-out rates in the four year bachelor programme are getting higher and higher, meaning that the percentage of VET stu­dents having a Bachelors’ degree after 5 years has dropped in the last 15 years from 65 to 47 percent. One of the solutions will be more close cooperation between the providers in both sectors. That’s why a few years ago the discussion has started for having a kind of ‘community colleges’ in The Netherlands, using SCHE programmes for that. The University of Applied Sciences in Rot­terdam has been the first one to set up such a Regional Associate College. Starting in 2012 with 70 students, there are now more than 2000 of VET students in this ‘Rotterdam Academy’ which is a big success.

Actors Involved

The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Leido Academy

Target audiences

Students, providers, regional labour market


The RAC is a good example of developing Community Colleges in a ‘European Style’. The permeability between VET and HE will improve, giving youngster more opportunities to get a higher degree. A RAC is also a place for regional business, to have a good cooperation with institutions.

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