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 subject‐specific evaluations interaction between research and education (in development)
  • Initial approval of a new study programme (in areas for which the institution does not have degree-awarding power)
  • Initial institutional accreditation (ex ante process focused on determining an institutional status and granting the associated degree-awarding powers)
  • Institutional quality assurance audit (cyclical evaluation of the effectiveness of internal quality assurance systems)
  • Revisions of institutional accreditation initiated on an ad-hoc basis to control the institution’s continuous adherence to the accreditation criteria
  • Revisions 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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