New Report on the Establishment of Education and Research Activities in Sweden

Commissioned by the Government, the Swedish Higher Education Authority has reviewed the legal conditions for the establishment of education and research activities in Sweden. The background to the assignment are the Government considerations in the government bill: Research, Freedom, Future – Knowledge and Innovation for Sweden (Forskning, frihet, framtid – kunskap och innovation för Sverige, prop. 2020/21:60). The results of the review are presented in a report that the Swedish Higher Education Authority has submitted to the Government.

The Swedish Higher Education Authority's report focuses on the opportunities for foreign operators to establish education and research activities in Sweden. The report deals with provisions in a number of areas that may be of importance to operators' establishments, including: degree-awarding powers, student aid, ethical review of research, as well as supervision and quality assurance. The report also deals with collaborations with Swedish institutes of higher education on operators' establishments.

In the report, the Swedish Higher Education Authority finds that there are no formal obstacles to prevent a foreign operator from providing higher education or establishing research activities in Sweden. At the same time, there are several central regulatory provisions and other conditions that a foreign operator must consider, in particular when it comes to establishing education activities. Positions taken within one area may have consequences in another area. The Swedish Higher Education Authority also finds that some areas that may be of importance to establishing education and research activities in Sweden may need particular investigation or in-depth analysis. The Swedish Higher Education Authority hopes that this report will be a basis for further Government considerations relating to the issue of establishing education and research activities in Sweden.