The Third Report on the National Reviews of Swedish Higher Education by The International Advisory Board
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IntroductionThe International Advisory Board to the National Agency for Higher Education met for the third time at the Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. May 26-28, 2003 with the University Chancellor and members of her staff.
The Board recommends the Agency
- to use the full section of the History report on the general quality of the subject across Sweden as a model for other peer review teams for strengthening the developmental role of the subject and programme evaluations
- to take the lead in stimulating and encouraging the development of interdisciplinary study programmes as a necessity for the evolution of the Knowledge Society
- to pay more attention to the instruction and preparation of the peer review teams regarding the various roles of the team members, especially the chair, safeguarding that all members of the team are involved equally (academics, students and employers)
- to invite the most progressive institutions (4-6 institutions) within quality improvement and quality assurance to an annual meeting to discuss how their internal quality culture is developing in order to disseminate examples of ‘good practices´.
- to consider the extension of the list of themes for further thematic evaluations, inspired by the focus areas of the EUA institutional evaluation programme
- to participate and stimulate the debate in Sweden about the implementation of the Bologna reforms with the aim to strengthen the quality of the subject and programme evaluations
- to include (high on the agenda) the subject “tredje uppgiften"/the third task in the planned thematic reviews to raise debate within Swedish universities for the need to review the organisation of academic work according to the future challenges facing European universities.