ENQA review

At least once every five years, NOKUT should undergo an external review in order to demonstrate its compliance with the ESG.

ESG is short for Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The standards were adopted by the Ministers responsible for higher education firstly in 2005, and then they adopted a revised version in 2015.

It is the ESG standard 3.7 that states that agencies should undergo an external review at least once every five years in order to demonstrate their compliance with the ESG. The evaluation provides a means for assuring the agency and its stakeholders that it continues to adhere to the principles enshrined in the ESG. It also helps the agency to reflect on its policies and activities. The evaluation is also a prerequisite for NOKUT’s membership in The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and NOKUT’s registration in The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

Renewed membership for five new years

After an extensive evaluation process, our membership in ENQA was renewed in the summer of 2023. The evaluation committee concluded that NOKUT meets all criteria. We are complimented for our work in several areas. The committee's report also includes suggestions for further improvements.

NOKUT has also renewed the membership in EQAR for a new five-year period. EQAR (The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education) is the official register of quality assurance bodies that meet the requirements of the ESG.

Previous reviews

NOKUT has in the past been assessed three times against the Standards and Guidelines in the European Higher Education Area (ESG): twice by ENQA (2013, 2018) and once by NIFU STEP (2008) at the behest of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

ENQA's review database

Read more about NOKUT on ENQA's website