Centres of Excellence in
Higher Education 2009
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This is a summary in English. The report is also available in English.
In November 2008, Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) invited higher-education institutions to apply for recognition as Centres of Excellence in Higher Education, this being the third time that theyhad undertaken such an exercise. The purpose of the initiative is to provide incentives for educational units that already maintain a high standard of quality to seek further improvement and inspire others.
Four applications were submitted by two institutions. The assessment process was similar to that of previous years. Three applications were selected by the International Review Panel for a second review, including a site visit. One application was recommended to the National Agency for Higher Education. In keeping with the Panel´s proposal, the Agency has decided to reward the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) by recognising it as a Centre of Excellence in Higher Education 2009. The School has demonstrated clearly and convincingly that it has achieved excellence and is able to sustain it.
Guidelines for assessment rest on the multiple dimensions associated with, and indicating quality. While the number of applications did not increase on this occasion, there is evidence that quality aspects are being used in Swedish higher-education institutions to drive discussions on both excellence and quality enhancement. In the first year (2007), the Panel identified some common operational features shared to varying degrees by the units proposed for recognition. The notion of excellence is discussed further in the Panel´s report. While 2009 will be the final year of the award, the proposed model for programme evaluation will serve as the basis for graduated assessment. The proposed three-grade scale includes the category of "excellent quality".