In May last year, the Swedish Higher Education Authority questioned the quality of Linnaeus University’s education that leads to licentiate or doctoral degree in history. Now that the university has carried out measures to strengthen the quality, UKÄ confirms in a new assessment that the education is of high quality.
In its assessment, UKÄ states that Linnaeus University’s analysis of the causes of the questioned quality seems relevant and thought through and that the taken measures combined are considered reasonable and well-suited for the purpose. The taken measures now provide good conditions for the university to be able to guarantee high quality of the education.
“We are very happy to see that the changes and clarifications we have made to our third-cycle education have led to the assessment that the education now is of a high quality. We are proud of the breadth and the depth of our third-cycle education in history, both concerning specialisations and recruitment of doctoral students. The faculty members have put a lot of work into strengthening and visualising the structures of the programme”, says Gunlög Fur, dean at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
At the assessment in May 2019, UKÄ meant that, among other things, the systematic planning, follow-up, course development, and the securing of the progression of doctoral students’ work was inadequate.
UKÄ is now of the opinion that the university has carried out a thorough and adequate analysis of the flaws of the education and taken a number of measures to establish optimal structures and processes for the third-cycle education. The university has, for instance, worked out a new study manual with detailed and easily surveyable information about, among other things, division of responsibilities, quality-assurance, and progression of studies. The department has also appointed an assistant director of studies with responsibility for third-cycle subjects and the faculty has established a research council with an overall responsibility for the long-term and strategic planning of the third-cycle education.