The standard and quality of educational provision in the Danish education system are assured by a number of elements, including:

  • Common rules and guidelines (curricula) specifying the aims, contents and duration of programmes and individual subjects.
  • Testing and examination system, with the use of external examiners.
  • The Accreditation Council has the overall responsibility for ensuring the quality and relevance of higher education.
  • The Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) and the Accreditation Agency ACE Denmark both play an important role in the national system of quality assurance.

For all higher education programmes, accreditation is mandatory and a precondition for attaining public funding. The accreditation system is based on the 2007 Act on the Accreditation Agency for Higher Education. The Act aims to create a system with a view to ensuring and documenting the quality and relevance of higher education in the Danish educational institutions.

According to the Accreditation Act, the Accreditation Council is the specific unit which makes the decisions regarding accreditation of all higher education study programmes. Decisions are made on the basis of accreditation reports prepared by the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA).

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