Quality assurance of higher education and research

The objectives of UKÄ’s reviews are to assess the performance of the study programmes and contribute to the HEIs’ work with quality improvements in higher education and research.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) have a shared responsibility for quality assurance in higher education and research.

Valuing this shared responsibility has been a core principle of UKÄ in its work with the Government assignment to develop a new system for quality assurance in higher education. It has been important to create a clear link between UKÄ’s reviews and the quality assurance processes at the HEIs, while also considering how UKÄ’s reviews can contribute to further improving this work.

The system consists of four components

The new quality assurance system for higher education, which the Government tasked UKÄ to develop, consists of the following four components:

The four components

Assessment areas

The reviews will be based on assessment areas developed in dialogue with representatives from HEIs, teachers, students, employers and the labour market. The six assessment areas are:

  • governance and organisation
  • preconditions
  • design, implementation and outcomes
  • student and doctoral student perspective
  • working life and collaboration
  • gender equality

The system is developed and implemented in accordance with the Higher Education Act, the Higher Education Ordinance and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

The reviews are ongoing between 2017 and 2022.