13 March 2019 • Gideon Wille
Newly-designed diploma is bilingual from now on
On 1 February, graduates received The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ new diploma for the first time. The most important reason for a new diploma was the desire to make it bilingual. Renewing the diploma was also the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the entire production process. Efficiency has been improved: diplomas can now be printed out at the touch of a button.
The staff responsible for the diploma regularly received questions about what should and should not be on it. Those questions were literally about full stops and commas and, for instance, whether ‘Chair of the Examination Board’ should be written in capital letters or lower case. They periodically spent time and effort answering those questions. Moreover, the diploma has various appendices that also have to be checked. It makes things easier if the names of the subjects are not too abstract, for instance; “Concept Development 1” doesn’t mean much.
A special project group developed a new format in which all full stops and commas are defined. This project group also looked at the entire production process. Before, the degree programmes had blank pieces of paper in safes that were sent to the printer’s when required, but now, authorised staff can send a task to the copy shop at the touch of a button. The diplomas are then printed centrally. The project group had to do a lot of work to make this possible, in particular in Osiris.
Internationalisation is a priority at our university of applied sciences. Hence the request from the degree programmes for a bilingual diploma. Mustafa Ozbek, designer from the Education, Knowledge & Culture department worked on this assignment. “It was difficult to get all the text on the diploma in a way that looks nice”, said Mustafa. “For example, some degree programmes have long names. I had to find a format that worked for degree programmes with short names as well as those with long names.”
Mustafa was also tasked with increasing the security of the diplomas. “We initially thought of a watermark, but our logo is not suitable for that. We now have a white print layer with special ink, as a result of which the word mark is visible in Dutch and English in a certain light. A colour printer doesn’t pick up this print layer.” Mustafa is satisfied with the final result. “It has resulted in a simple and subtle design with a fresh look that completely suits our new house style.”
Renewing the diploma was part of Back on Track in which we look at where we can free up time and money within THUAS. The project group that did all the work consisted of Ben Lengkeek, Mustafa Ozbek, Monique van der Geest, Jaap Coenraad, Geertjan Dijkhuizen, Petra van Iperen and Alex Koppert.