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Southern Educational Alliance (ZEA) can be launched to combat teacher shortage

Published: 27th April 2022 Last updated: 27th April 2022

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Universities and colleges in the south of the Netherlands are joining forces to combat teacher shortages. This is part of the Administrative Agreement on Flexibilization that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has concluded with the Universities of the Netherlands and the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences is the deployment of Regional Alliances of teacher training institutions.

After all, many issues that play a role in the teacher shortage are best solved at the local and regional level through short lines of communication between various cooperation partners. In the south of the Netherlands, this cooperation is shaped by the Southern Educational Alliance, a collaboration between Fontys Hogescholen, Avans Hogeschool, HZ University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool de Kempel, Zuyd Hogeschool, Tilburg University, Maastricht University, Open University Heerlen, Technical University Eindhoven and Radboud University Nijmegen. This guarantees coverage from the extreme south of Limburg to the extreme south of Zeeland. 

The goal of the Southern Educational Alliance is to work together with the field of work to train as many good teachers as possible in a flexible way. Together, the partners cover all areas from exercise education to physics and at all levels from associate degree to master's. Students in the region can thus optimally benefit from a wide range and flexible flow from one program to another. 

Recruitment, strengthening of partnerships and professionalization

The Southern Educational Alliance uses the subsidy granted by the Ministry to work together with the various partners in the field on three major themes: the recruitment and selection of new teachers, the strengthening of the collaborative partnerships and the joint establishment of professionalization and research activities. 

The goal is to make the teaching profession more attractive and to attract more people to the profession. In addition, teacher training programs will become more flexible where possible, so that students can follow a training route that suits them. In this the partners are working together, so that one teacher education program can learn from the other and make optimal use of each other's expertise. This also provides opportunities for the various teacher education programs to work together more closely in professionalization and research. 

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