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National reviews

The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) is tasked with evaluating the quality of higher education and research. The government assigns UKÄ's remit. The national quality assurance system is based on the higher education institutions taking considerable individual responsibility for their own internal quality assurance.

UKÄ carried out four types of reviews between 2017 and 2022 to ensure quality in Swedish higher education.

  • Appraisal of applications for degree-awarding powers
  • Institutional reviews of the HEIs' quality assurance processes
  • Programme evaluations
  • Thematic evaluations

Quality assurance on UKÄ's website

There you will also find reports with results from completed evaluations, a schedule for coming evaluations, etc.

Appraisal of applications for degree-awarding powers

At Lund University this primarily concerns study programmes leading to professional qualifications. The University can independently decide on other study programmes.

Institutional reviews of the HEIs' quality assurance processes

Focus on how satisfactorily the University’s quality assurance work (system) functions based on UKÄ’s criteria. The review is now complete and the UKÄ assessment approves the University’s quality assurance system. All requirements for the areas and grounds for assessment were deemed to be met and there will be no particular follow-up.

The assessment group’s statement includes its judgement of Lund University’s quality assurance system, including its strengths and recommendations for continued development. The UKÄ decision is based on the assessment group’s statement.

As a first part of the review, the University submitted a self-evaluation to UKÄ. The self-evaluation is Lund University’s report of how it manages quality assurance and quality enhancement of education.

You can read the full text of the self-evaluation, the decision and the statement on the Swedish Higher Education Authority's website.

The self-evaluation, the UKÄ decision and the assessment group statement at UKÄ’s website (in Swedish)

The local students’ union was also offered the chance to submit a written statement, in which the union gave its view of student influence on the University’s management of quality assurance. You can read the statement by Lund University Students’ Unions on their website.

The student statement by Lund University Students’ Unions on LUS’s website (in Swedish)

Institutional reviews of the HEIs' quality assurance processes on UKÄ’s website

Programme evaluations

The national quality assurance system entails that universities are responsible to a considerable extent for evaluating their study programmes. However, the Swedish Higher Education Authority still reviews a selection of programmes, particularly third cycle programmes, and those that lead to a professional status qualification. In the current six-year cycle, which runs from 2017 to 2022, a thematic evaluation of Sweden’s nursing programmes remains to be conducted.

Thematic evaluations

In 2017 a thematic evaluation of the work to promote sustainable development at higher education institutions was carried out.

During 2021 and 2022, a thematic evaluation took place that focused on the higher education institutions’ work on promoting widened participation.

Widening participation at Lund University


For more information on the University’s internal work:

Åsa Ekberg
Head of Office
+46 46 222 91 68
asa [dot] ekberg [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se