Regulations that govern Higher Education Institutions

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Sweden are regulated by the laws and statutes that apply to the higher education sector.

The HEIs are also subject to administrative and labour-market legislation and the provisions of the Instrument of Government. Their operations are also governed by the parameters and funding decided by the Riksdag and the Government.

The mission of the HEIs is to offer education based on an academic or artistic footing and proven experience. They must also undertake development work, including research and artistic development. In addition, the HEIs must co-operate with their surrounding communities, provide information about their operations and also act to ensure that benefits are derived from the findings of their research.

Higher education in Sweden is governed by the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance.

Read more about the Higher Education Act

Read more about the Higher Education Ordinance

Within the parameters of the Higher Education Act and the higher Education Ordinance, the HEIs are relatively free to decide on their own organisation, allocation of resources and course offerings. The system is based on the principle of management by objectives.

The Government lays down the directives for operations at the HEIs in their annual public-service agreements.

Other agencies accountable to the Ministry of Education and Research

UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority) is also accountable to the Ministry of Education and Research, and exercises supervision of the HEIs, which means ensuring their compliance with the statutes and regulations that apply to higher education.

Swedish Higher Education Authority also reviews the quality of higher education and the efficiency and effectiveness of the use of resources and public funding at the HEIs.