Institutional reviews of the HEIs' quality assurance

Institutional reviews aim to confirm that the quality assurance processes ensure high quality courses and programmes and help to enhance the HEIs’ quality.

HEIs and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) have a shared responsibility for quality assurance in higher education and research. Most quality assurance efforts are to be conducted by the HEIs. This requires HEIs to have systematic quality assurance processes that UKÄ is responsible for assessing.

The process for institutional reviews

  • HEI Submits Supporting Material and student union submits a student report.
  • The HEI has an initial meeting with the assessment panel about the quality system
  • The assessment panel chooses audit trails
  • Sitevisit with interviews
  • Preliminary Report
  • Sharing; the HEI may read the report and comment on inaccuracies
  • Decision and Report. The overall assessment of the HEI's quality assurance processes is given on a three-point scale. UKÄ decides whether to approve the quality assurance processes, to approve the quality assurance processes with reservations or to decide that the quality assurance processes at the HEI will be under review. The final report from the assessment panel forms the basis for UKÄ's decision.

The basis for the review consists of a self-evaluation by the HEI, a student report, interviews, site visits, audit trails and other information. The reviews are conducted through peer review by assessment panels. The assessment panels shall be made up of external, independent experts from the higher education sector, student or doctoral student representatives, and labour market representatives.


UKÄ follows up all HEIs, regardless of the review results, after the review. Guidelines for reviewing the HEIs' quality assurance processes for education and research gives further information.

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This page was last updated 15 November 2023