The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education to close From 1 January 2013, the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education will cease to exist as a public authority. Its operations will be transferred to two new public authorities: the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet) and the Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet).
The Swedish Higher Education Authority will be responsible for the quality assurance and supervision of higher education and for following up, analysing and the external monitoring of issues within the authority´s area of responsibility.
Large parts of the Agency´s current activities will be transferred to the Swedish Higher Education Authority. The activities that will instead be handled by the Swedish Council for Higher Education are primarily the evaluation of foreign qualifications, study information, admission questions and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.
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HistoryHögskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) was established in 1995.
Mandate from the GovernmentThe operations of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Agency) are subject to instructions from the Swedish Government. The Government's annual public service agreement stipulates the direct government funding allocated to the Agency as well as the targets to be reached, specific tasks to be undertaken and how the results of activities must be reported.
Statutes, ordinances and regulationsThe most important pieces of legislation governing higher education institutions are:
- The Higher Education Act
- The Higher Education Ordinance (including the System of Qualifications).
In addition, the Agency is entitled to issue regulations in a number of areas. The most important ones deal with:
- Entry requirements
- Selection criteria
- Evaluation of post-16 study programmes abroad
- Contract education
- Diploma supplements
- Qualified teacher status.
International obligationsBecause of its close ties with other Nordic countries and its membership of the EU, Sweden must comply with numerous international agreements. These include: