Follow-up of the National Agency for Higher Education´s subject and programme evaluations in 2005
This is a summary in English. The report is available only in Swedish.
This report is a follow-up of the subject and programme evaluations implemented in 2005, and published in 2006. The programmes covered in this report are Biology, the Master of Science in Engineering programme, Finnish-Ugric languages, Comparative literature and rhetoric, Statistics and demography and East Asiatic languages. The National Agency for Higher Education´s follow-up reports focus on possible action resulting from the recommendations in a somewhat longer perspective. This report covers circumstances reported in the spring of 2010. The report´s conclusions appear under various headings, and this is a brief summary.
The impact of teacher education on the Comparative literature, Finnish-Ugric languages and Biology subject areasThe National Agency notes that several major areas are heavily dependent on assignments from the teacher education programme. If assignments do not materialise, there is a risk that the existence of such key areas will be threatened.
Distance educationThe National Agency considers that web-based distance learning is a good way of achieving constructive cooperation that functions, despite considerable geographical distances.
National minority languagesIn some cases, higher education institutions with special responsibilities for minority languages currently have difficulty in offering full courses. The National Agency considers that teacher education in the national minority languages is of the utmost importance.
Organisational changes — amalgamation of subjects into larger institutionsSeveral of the institutions studied indicate positive effects of the amalgamation of small institutions to form larger and more viable units. But there is some risk that smaller educational environments will be neglected in larger institutions where not all programmes are represented in development processes and decision-making bodies.
Labour-market linksBoth Biology and Comparative literature were criticised for weak labour-market links in the 2005 evaluations. Labour-market links are clearer if the subjects concerned are part of a teacher education programme.
Cooperation between higher education institutions and profilingHigher education institutions are urged to continue the process of profiling and concentration, and to ensure that their profiles are clear to existing and potential first-cycle and doctoral students.