International principles for quality assurance and ENQA
To build legitimacy for Swedish higher education, UKÄ has emphasised the importance of following international principles for quality assurance in our new quality assurance system.
This includes, first and foremost, the principles on which Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) are based and that have been developed within the framework of the Bologna Process.
ESG was first adopted in 2005 by the ministers for higher education in the countries taking part in the collaboration. In May 2015, a new and revised version was adopted. ESG primarily strive to contribute to a common understanding of quality assurance related to learning and teaching, to contribute to developing mutual respect and to streamline the recognition of degrees and programmes across national borders. To this end, the standards and guidelines in ESG have been drawn up so that they can be applied in each country irrespective of its legal framework, educational system and other circumstances.
It is important that the quality assurance processes of both HEIs and UKÄ build on ESG as this effects UKÄ’s membership in the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
ENQA's Board decided in December 2020 on membership for UKÄ, after an independent expert group reviewed how UKÄ as a quality assurance agency meets the requirements set out in the ESG.