17 November 2016 | EQAF Paper

Introducing a new national QA system in Sweden – a discussion on opportunities and challenges

Bengt-Ove Boström, Åsa Kettis


Over the last decades higher education in Sweden has been subject to a number of different national QA systems. Now and then, they have been met with criticism. In 2012, the Swedish Association of Higher Education (SUHF) decided to take a constructive and long term position on the issue. The position proved to be successful, and now a new national system is being launched.

This paper is about the opportunities and challenges that this new system brings, not least because the political decision about the system means that parts of the old system will be fused into the new system – which may cause unwanted effects.


This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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