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Approved quality assurance processes with reservations


QUALITY. Approved, with one area that needs to be developed further. This is the assessment that Malmö University received after a quality assurance review by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ).

“We are happy that our quality assurance system has been evaluated as highly legitimate and capable of ensuring the quality of our education,” says Vice-Chancellor Kerstin Tham.

During 2018, UKÄ evaluated the quality assurance processes at Malmö University as well as at three other high education institutes in Sweden: The University of Borås, Mälardalen University and Jönköping University.

The results of these the reviews were published on Tuesday with Malmö University receiving the overall assessment: “approved quality assurance processes, with reservations.”

“UKÄ's evaluation shows that we are on the right path with regard to bolstering the quality of our education. The numerous positive comments and assessments in the review are an acknowledgment that our efforts in recent years have yielded good and lasting results,” says Tham.

UKÄ rated the University’s performance as “satisfactory” in five out of a six total assessment areas: governance and organisation; preconditions; design, implementation and outcomes; student and doctoral student perspectives; working life and collaboration; and gender equality.

Among other things, the review states that the University's two quality control frameworks constitute a system of “high legitimacy” with a “clear link to the University’s strategy” which “is capable of ensuring the quality of the education”. In addition, UKÄ notes that “there are clear signs of an established culture of quality at the institution” as well as “functioning, systematic follow-up of current and future competency needs in teaching.” Moreover, the review characterises the programmes’ connection to research as “satisfactory” and concludes that the University “ensures a close connection between research and education.”

At the same time, UKÄ believes that Malmö University can further develop its quality assurance processes when it comes to students’ course evaluations, both in terms of response frequency and communication regarding feedback.

“These evaluations are extremely valuable and help us progress as an organisation. We will read UKÄ’s recommendations and suggestions carefully to see what measures we can implement to further strengthen our quality assurance processes,” says Tham.

“Our goal is always to reach the highest possible level of quality in both education and research.”

The results of UKÄ’s review are based on the appraisal of an assessment panel. The panel collected material including a self-evaluation from the University and a written statement from the student unions, as well as carrying out two site visits in autumn 2018. Furthermore, three different educational environments were audited for quality work in practice, and interviews were conducted with teachers, students and collaboration partners.

UKÄ evaluates higher education institutes’ overall quality assurance processes on a three-point scale: approved quality assurance process; approved quality assurance processes with reservations; and quality assurance processes under review.