My first week as Vice-Chancellor ended with a half-day consultation meeting for a new quality evaluation system, organised by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF). The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) is currently working on a revision of the existing evaluation model in order to get it approved by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), which directed sharp criticism against the Swedish system. SUHF's work is more long term, with several planned consultation meetings to put the vision in concrete form.

After intensive discussions throughout the afternoon, there was a broad consensus on a number of basic points, such as the need for, not only national, but also international legitimacy for the system as a guarantee of quality. Moreover, it should not just be about control, but also about development - a system that drives quality. It is a good initiative by SUHF – instead of just being critical of the system they try to formulate an evaluation model of their own, with broad support among the representatives of universities and university colleges. To be continued.