International cooperation on quality assurance in higher education
The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) plays an active role in international cooperation on the evaluation of higher education, in particular in Europe.
Many students either study or work outside their native countries. The primary aim of the Bologna Process is to create greater mobility for students and graduates applying for jobs in Europe. For this reason it is important for higher education programmes in different countries to be comparable and to maintain stable standards.
Cooperation in several different organisations
Cooperation mainly takes place within the framework of ENQA (The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and the Nordic NOQA network (Nordic Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education), but also in INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education).
UKÄ is an affiliate member of the European organisation ENQA. The former Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (now the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ) was previously a member but became an affiliate member in 2012 when a review showed that the Agency did not meet the standards of Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). UKÄ is in the process of applying for full membership in ENQA.
ENQA is an organisation that has been assigned, within the framework of the Bologna Process, the task of developing mutually acceptable criteria and methods for quality assurance.
At a Ministerial conference in Bergen, Norway, in May 2005 the participating countries agreed to adopt the standards and guidelines, drafted by ENQA, in consultation and co-operation with the EUA (European University Association), ESU (European Students Union) and EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education).