More about Accreditation Systems and Quality Assurance Ratings
Higher educational institutions in Denmark now have a set of ethical guidelines known as the Code of Conduct for the recruitment, education and admission of international students.
Danish Accreditation Institution
The Danish Accreditation System was set up by Danish law in 2007. It is an independent institution which comprises of two different entities: the Accreditation Council to serve as the decision making authorization and the Accreditation Institution to serve as an accreditation operator.
Decisions regarding the certification of higher education programmes in Denmark include new as well as existing ones. As a decision making authority, the sovereignty of the Council within the Accreditation Institution is assured. The members of the council and the chairman also have considerable knowledge regarding quality assurance and higher education.
The Accreditation Council's decisions plunge under each of the following ministries:
- Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education
- Ministry of Culture, Denmark
The Council is composed of 9 members. At least one member must be possessed of international experience while another must be a student. The decisions about the Council are disclosed in public in the Danish language at www.akkr.dk
The Accreditation Institution is an accreditation worker for undergraduate, master's and specialized master's programmes. The institution is a sovereign government institution comprising three secretariats and a single administration team.
The Professional Secretariat ensures the certification of all Danish university study programmes. This includes preparation and other groundwork of a rotation plan for the study programmes as well as the preparation and setting-up of the expert panels to obtain an assessment of study programmes apart from organising university visits. Concluding reports are also authored by the Professional Secretariat.
The Council Secretariat prepares the meetings and makes contact as well as dialogue easy with stakeholders in several different areas. This includes operators ACE Denmark and EVA with universities, professional organisations, public authorities, student organisations and the political surroundings in Danish legislatures.
EVA involves the accreditation operator of professional bachelor, academy profession and diploma programmes and the specialisation courses (continuing training and adult education and). EVA also undertakes evaluations, development activities and studies of childhood education in early stages. It also scrutinises primary and lower secondary education, higher education, upper secondary education and adult education.
The accreditation process comprises direct evaluation of if the study programme or institution meets a certain level of predefined excellence criteria. Accreditation is characterised by authoritative approval/non-approval of an institution or a programme. Authoritative approval also provides students with extraordinary rights such as the right to offer new study programmes and professional degrees.
Danish accreditation involves both current as well as future study programmes that must be accredited before they are set up.
The accreditation method used in Denmark is based on European standards and guidelines for ensuring quality assurance regarding the so-called ESGs. ESGs were approved at the Bologna Ministerial Meeting in the year 2005 at Bergen. A separate focus on professionalism of quality education within higher education is also provided. The Accreditation Institution and EVA are both members of ENQA (European Association of Quality Assurance Agencies).
Denmark's educational system meets world-class standards as the accreditation and quality assurance system is extremely up to mark and well formulated.