The Netherlands

EMREX in The Netherlands

The Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) is the executive agency of the Dutch government. The agency has a wide scope in services,  ranging from issuing  student grants to funding for education. In 2012, DUO launched the Diploma Register. The Diploma Register contains data about diplomas granted by educational programmes acknowledged by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. These are Dutch courses only. Anyone who has graduated from one of these educational institutes can download a secured PDF file, free of charge, containing their own personal academic transcripts.

Facts and figures

  • In the 2017-2018 academic year, more than 75,000 international students study in the Netherlands: 48,513 at universities and 27,926 at universities of applied sciences.
  • Between 2013 and 2015, the share of VET students who stayed abroad for study or internship increased to 7.0%. More than 80% of the VET students go to a destination within the European Union.
  • Worldwide, the number of international degree students has risen from two to five million (Unesco) in the last twenty years.
  • The number of international students in the higher education is expected to grow. This growth is stronger at universities than at universities of applied sciences. The number of Dutch students is expected to stabilize and will decrease slightly over time.
  • In 2017, nearly 270.000 PDF-files were downloaded and the number is still increasing.
  • At the moment, about 8 million diplomas have been registered in the diploma register.

Within DUO, the project ‘International Enrolment’ started in 2016. This project aims to:

  • Reducing the administrative burden on higher educational institutes for students with non-Dutch prior education;
  • Simplifying the enrolment process of people with non-Dutch prior education at higher educational institutes in the Netherlands and Dutch students abroad;
  • Simplification of checks for international enrolment with Dutch study finance (enrolment control, out-of-home inspection, study progress check, etc.).

To achieve these goals, technical support is needed to be able to exchange diploma data digitally. The answer to this is EMREX.

Dutch students can register digitally via Emrex at universities and at universities of applied sciences abroad. The available and relevant diploma data are selected by the student and sent to HEI of choice. In order to be able to receive digital foreign diploma data, we are currently  busy preparing to install the EMREX client in consultation with our chain partners Studielink and Nuffic.

The advantage of EMREX is that we don’t have to make agreements per country and/or chain partners. We are part of a network with a long  reach and it will only grow. This fits nicely with our goals. The project develops from a project to business as usual.


DUO:, contact persons: Vera Mol and Jan Joost Norder