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Governmental membershipNorway has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since June 2008.
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General information on higher education
Higher education is provided at universities, specialised university institutions, university colleges, university colleges of arts, other public university colleges not under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Research, and private higher education institutions.
Higher education is offered at the three cycle degree system, with the exception of a number of short cycle study programmes.
The regulation governing quality assurance and quality development in higher education and tertiary vocational education is set down in the Regulation no. 96, of February 2010 .
National external quality assurance requirements
Higher education in Norway fall into different external QA requirements as follows:
• universities and specialised university institution have the authority to self-accredit at all levels.
• university colleges may self-accredit their first cycle (BA). If university colleges had their third cycle accredited (PhD) they can also accredit their second cyle (MA) within their doctoral fields.
• university colleges without institutional accreditation must have all their educational provisions accredited.
Initial institutional accreditation
gives universities and colleges certain rights to award national degrees or diplomas.
required for non-accredited university colleges on all levels and for university colleges or specialised university institutions that wish to establish a new doctoral or master programme outside their doctoral fields.
carried out at least once in 8 years. The right to self-accredit programmes is conditional upon a positive evaluation of the higher education institution's internal QA system (audit).
Cross-border quality assurance
In Norway higher education institutions may not choose among EQAR-registered agencies.
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
In Norway the European Approach is available to higher education institutions under certain conditions.
The European Approach is available to institutions not subject to programme accreditation.