At the forefront of government IT innovation


Part of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) is the executive department in charge of student loans for Dutch students in higher and vocational education. Their main office is located in Groningen and the department keeps records and data of 4,8 million students and former students.

The succes story

DUO handles everything from loan applications to paying off those student loans, educational legislation and accreditation, but also helps with integration and naturalisation for immigrants. The department handles an enormous amount of information, often very privacy sensitive.  With lots of privacy sensitive data, comes great responsibility. The DUO data systems date back to 1986, so it was time for an update. 

Biggest project to date

In April 2018, the department started its biggest project yet: a new software system for all those records, which is no easy feat for any company. This is why the department and site went offline for an entire month, to make sure all that data was safely transferred to the new system and rigorously tested before the new system went live.

What makes DUO awesome?

Are you & DUO a match?

What most people don’t realize, is that DUO is rapidly becoming one of the biggest IT employers in the Northern Netherlands. The department is at the forefront of digital innovation in government and is looking for 200 new employees in the next few years for all of its upcoming IT projects.

  • Space for your personal development
  • You work with the newest techniques
  • Freedom and resposibilities
  • You work with great colleagues in the most original building of Groningen

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