In this paper, the author gives a personal and somewhat critical view on language usage in Dutch higher education. In recent months, the increasing number of English-taught programmes in the Netherlands has become a topic of hot debate. Are universities in the Netherlands trendsetters or simply out of control?
The author finds that concerns about English usage in higher education should be addressed from the perspective of quality assurance. And NVAO as the quality assurance agency in the Netherlands should be able to safeguard the quality of programmes within this increasingly internationally oriented setting.
This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.