International mission for ENQA

Karin Järplid Linde, Head of the Department of Quality Assurance at UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority), is participating in a review of the Danish Accreditation Institution, AI, commissioned by The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). All members of ENQA are reviewed every five years to ensure that they fulfill the criteria for membership

Focus on the ESG

The review will assess the extent to which AI follows the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) for external quality assurance agencies. The new ESG were adopted in May 2015 and this is one of the first reviews made under the new guidelines.

It is always very valuable to gain insight into another quality assurance agency. It is particularly interesting for us now that we are in the midst of developing new methods according to ESG, says Karin Järplid Linde.

Danish AI has been a member of the ENQA since 2010 and this is the second time that Karin Järplid Linde takes part in reviewing the institution. Five people from five countries are included in the assessment team. Achim Hopbach, former president of ENQA, leads the review.

Includes a labour market perspective

”The assessment team also includes a representative of the labour market, because the labour market perspective is of great importance in Denmark. When a Danish university starts a study programme, it must be able to demonstrate that the programme will lead to employment”, says Karin Järplid Linde.

The assessment team made site visits to Denmark in mid-April. The evaluation is expected to be completed by September 2016.

Karin Järplid Linde regards it as very positive that UKÄ is invited to participate in missions such as this:

It is part of our efforts to strengthen our international involvement. Our aim is that UKÄ will be an internationally recognised stakeholder and that our operations in the long run will contribute to increased internationalisation of Swedish higher education.