NOKUT - Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanningen

  • Substantial compliance with the ESG

Information on the agency's work

NOKUT was established by the U&C Act in 2002 and became operative by 1 January 2003. The act lists NOKUT's main tasks and empowers the agency as the only official quality assurance agency for Norwegian higher education. NOKUT's mission is to contribute towards trust in quality both in higher education, vocational education at tertiary level and in recognised foreign higher education. This is done both by quality assurance and through analysis and development activities.


Activities within the scope of ESG

  • Combined research and education evaluation (in development)
  • Initial institutional accreditation (determining an institutional status and granting the associated degree-awarding powers)
  • Initial study programme accreditation (in areas for which the institution does not have degree-awarding power)
  • Institutional quality assurance audit (cyclical evaluation of the effectiveness of internal quality assurance systems)
  • Revision of institutional accreditation (initiated on an ad-hoc basis to control the institution’s continuous adherence to the accreditation criteria)
  • Revision of programme accreditation (initiated on an ad-hoc basis to control the institution’s continuous adherence to the accreditation criteria)

Higher education systems where NOKUT carried out external QA activities


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