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Universities to gain influence in quality assessment

The Swedish government has proposed a higher education quality assurance system that would take into consideration institutions’ internal improvement procedures.

Under the current system, the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ)—which conducts audits of degree programmes—focuses on checking academic results against intended learning outcomes. The system has been widely criticised among universities for not taking their efforts to improve quality into account.

The government proposal, published on 14 December, says that UKÄ should cooperate more closely with universities, and take into account internal development in their audits. The proposed system includes examination audits, review of quality assurance work at universities and thematic evaluations.

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