UKÄ presented studies at the EAIR European conference
The European organisation EAIR connects research, policy and practice with overall issues related to higher education. In September, EAIR arranged their 39th forum conference with great attendance. The participants came from all over Europe, but also from countries like China.
Presentation of the previous quality system
Viveka Persson, Head of Unit at UKÄ’s evaluation department, held a presentation on Sweden’s former system of quality assurance. She also compared with other quality assurance systems previously used.
Approach and aims in an evaluation system are important, but perhaps even more important is what is appraised. In other words, the materials being used as assessments in the evaluations (self-evaluation, degree projects, site visit) are probably more important than the specified aims of a system, says Viveka.
Gives a broader perspective
To participate in this and similar conferences is valuable from many perspectives according to Viveka and Anette Gröjer, senior advisor at UKÄ. It provides us in Sweden with a wider international perspective on how we work with quality issues in higher education but also that we can share our long experience from different quality assurance systems in Sweden.
New anthology with chapter on “Studentspegeln”
During the conference a new anthology was presented, in which Anette Gröjer and Inger Wikström Öbrand from UKÄ contributed a chapter on “Studentspegeln”, a national survey of what students think about their education.
The anthology was well received.
We have conducted a comprehensive student survey and from the findings it is possible to make several interesting comparisons with other countries, says Anette.
EAIR stands for the European Higher Education Society. The conference was held in Portugal and offered eight different parallel tracks with in-depth seminars.