UKÄ again member of ENQA

The Swedish Higher Education Authority becomes a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

This was recently decided by ENQA's Board, after an independent expert group reviewed how UKÄ as a quality assurance agency meets the requirements set out in the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

- It is a very welcome message that UKÄ has now received from ENQA, and a clear quality mark for the agency, says Director General Anders Söderholm. ENQA's decision is an important proof that we are working on the right things in the right direction. It is particularly gratifying that ENQA highlights UKÄ's close dialogue with the higher education institutions as a role model, as well as the important role students play in the Swedish quality assurance system. At the same time, ENQA’s assessors noted the challenges that lie in the complexity of our quality assurance system and the level of workload it places on higher education institutions.

Increased opportunity to influence European quality assurance

- UKÄ now has the opportunity to become an even more active member of the European quality assurance family, and to contribute with the knowledge and experience we have gathered over many years of quality assurance work. This also applies to current areas of development such as the European Universities Initiative and quality assurance of research, says Anders Söderholm.

’A special value in being peer-reviewed by foreign experts’

- The review panel’s report and recommendations will be of great value to UKÄ in the further development of our reviews towards enhanced fitness for purpose in view of the next evaluation cycle, emphasises Karin Järplid Linde, Head of the Department of Quality Assurance. Being peer-reviewed by foreign experts in our own field is invaluable - at the same time, UKÄ has to work in a trust-based and resource-efficient way within the Swedish higher education context and legislation, in order to create real value for the higher education sector.

Read: Board letter - membership approved