UKÄ submits Self-Assessment Report to ENQA
UKÄ has now submitted its self-assessment report for membership in the European Association for Quality Assurance of Higher Education (ENQA).
The report represents an important first step in the application process and will now form the basis for ENQA's assessment of UKÄ as a quality assurance body in accordance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
A first step towards ENQA membership
UKÄ has now submitted a self-assessment report to ENQA, as a first step in the agency’s application for ENQA membership. The self-assessment describes UKÄ and reflects on its external quality assurance activities in relation to the ESG. The standards expressed in the ESG are important for Swedish higher education to follow and live up to in an increasingly international higher education landscape.
– UKÄ has chosen to undergo ENQA's review for membership at a time when both the self-evaluation process itself and ENQA's assessment of our quality assurance activities can make valuable contributions to our own organisational development, as well as to our work to support the quality processes of higher education institutions, says Director General Anders Söderholm. There are also clear points of contact with UKÄ’s government assignment of an external evaluation of the national quality assurance system, and with the ongoing revision of UKÄ's internal quality assurance processes.
An opportunity for self-reflection
The preparation of a self-assessment report has involved activities within the agency which in various ways are important in UKÄ's implementation of the national quality assurance system. In this way, this first step in the application process for ENQA membership has offered an opportunity to reflect self-critically on the agency's own operations and thus contribute to internal quality assurance and development. ENQA's review will also provide important feedback on how well the current quality assurance system performs, when UKÄ soon begins preparing the next cycle of national quality assurance activities in dialogue with the HEIs.
– The self-assessment and the upcoming site visit allow us to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses, but also on the opportunities and challenges we see ahead of us, says Karin Järplid Linde, Head of the Department of Quality Assurance.
What happens next?
The site visit to UKÄ is to take place in May, when ENQA’s review panel of experts will interview UKÄ management and staff, as well as key representatives of UKÄ’s various stakeholders.
In October 2020, the ENQA Board will decide on membership for UKÄ.
The ENQA agency review will also provide the basis for UKÄ’s application for inclusion in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR), planned for March 2021.