Education quality: The University of Skövde shares fifth place in national quality evaluations


The mid-term result of the large quality evaluation of the country’s higher education programmes, by the Swedish Council for Higher Education, puts the University of Skövde in fifth place alongside the University of Gothenburg. The two universities place themselves just after Linköping University, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet and Chalmers. "Especially noteworthy is that the University of Skövde shows up among the older universities," writes report author and Professor Mats Ericson.

– A general observation is that research-intensive universities tend to have a slightly higher quality of education. To note in particular is that the University of Skövde appears among the older universities, writes report author and Professor Mats Ericsson.

The report compiles the evaluation results of 1283 higher education programmes at 27 universities that have been the subject of evaluation until October this year. Now, 30 percent of the higher education remains and all the evaluations will be completed in 2014 by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

– We are pleased that our education shows high quality and has scientific backing. It confirms that we have skilled students and teachers. It also means that our quality is equally as good as the research-intensive universities, despite the fact that they have 10.9 times more research funding per student than younger universities. We are working in the right way within our segment, says Sigbritt Karlsson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Skövde.