Startpage for Swedish National Agency for Higher Education

Please note! The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education was closed down on 31 December 2012. Instead two new agencies have been established: the Swedish Council for Higher Education and the Swedish Higher Education Authority. This website will continue to operate as the new agencies will have links to information it contains.  


The tasks of Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) are:

Reviewing the quality of higher education

  • Evaluating subject areas (main fields of study) and study programmes
  • Reviewing the right to award doctorates
  • Granting the right to award first and second cycle degrees. The Agency also grants third cycle degrees within a requested area.

Ensuring HEIs comply with relevant legislation and regulations

  • Carrying out supervisory visits of HEIs
  • Checking that regulations issued by HEIs for internal use are clear and accessible
  • Protecting the legal rights of students
  • Promoting the equal treatment of students irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.

Monitoring trends and developments in higher education

  • Monitoring undergraduate and postgraduate education, research and the arts in higher education and how the needs of society and the labour market are being provided for
  • Observing national and international trends of importance for higher education
  • Presenting proposals to the Government as a result of these observations
  • Supporting HEIs to improve the quality of their activities
  • Gathering, processing and analysing data from HEIs
  • Compiling the official statistics.

Providing information about higher education

  • Creating an interest in higher education
  • Providing information about the complete range of courses and study programmes in a correct and impartial manner
  • Providing information about post-secondary education abroad.

Recognizing qualifications from abroad

  • Recognizing post-secondary qualifications from abroad
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