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.  

Guaranteeing standards

Prior to an appraisal of a higher education institution's degree awarding powers by Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education), an assessment panel stipulates the criteria to be used when assessing the quality of the study programme. These criteria may vary according to the nature of the study programme. All the criteria are assessed before the standard of the study programme is determined.  

Teaching competence

  • The number of teaching staff employed until further notice as well as other teachers is appropriate for the scope of the study programme.
  • The teachers have the academic, teaching and other necessary skills not only for teaching but also for supervision.
  • The teachers have real opportunities for professional development and independent research.

Education environment

  • The study programme is taught in a research environment.
  • There is the opportunity for a critical and creative approach.


  • Students have easy access to literature, ICT facilities, and other necessary equipment.

Design of the study programme

  • The study programme specification stipulates learning outcomes in accordance with the System of Qualifications.
  • The teaching, reading list and forms of assessment are designed to ensure links to research and progression.

Qualitative targets

  • The qualitative targets are clearly stipulated, for example, in the grading criteria, and in the instructions for examinations, project work or other forms of assessment.
  • The higher education institutions provide the students with the prerequisites to reach the qualitative targets.
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