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Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanningen (NOKUT)
NOKUT - Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

P.O. Box 578

1327 Lysaker, Norway

Phone: +47 21 02 18 60
Fax: +47 21 02 18 01
E-mail: postmottak@nokut.no
Web Site: http://www.nokut.no
Contact person: Mr. Stig Arne Skjerven, Director of Foreign Education

National education bodies

Kunnskapsdepartementet

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for kindergarten, education and research.

Link(s): English, Norwegian
Utdanningsdirektoratet

The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training is responsible for the development of kindergarten and primary and secondary education. The Directorate is the executive agency for the Ministry of Education and Research.

Link(s): English, Norwegian
Universitets- og høgskolerådet (UHR)
The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions

UHR is the most important cooperative body for Norwegian universities and colleges.

Link(s): English, Norwegian
Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanningen (NOKUT)
The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education

NOKUT is a professionally independent government agency that contributes towards quality assurance and enhancement in higher education and tertiary vocational education. NOKUT’s tasks include foreign higher education qualifications as well as Norwegian higher education.

Link(s): Norwegian, English
Senter for internasjonalisering av utdanning (SIU)
The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education

SIU is a Norwegian public sector agency that promotes international cooperation in education and research.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

System of education


Information on the Norwegian education system.

Link(s): English

University education

Kunnskapsdepartementet

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research

Link(s): Norwegian, English
Samordna opptak (NUCAS)

The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) coordinates the admission to regular undergraduate studies at all the universities, university colleges, state colleges, and some private colleges in Norway.
Programmes for international students are presented at www.studyinnorway.no. Individual institutions provide information considering the admission to their postgraduate degrees.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanningen (NOKUT)

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) is the controlling authority for educational activity at all Norwegian universities, special field universities, university colleges and institutions with single accredited higher education programmes; as well as for all tertiary vocational education.
NOKUT evaluates as well the institutions’ internal quality assurance systems.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

The newest report on the state of higher education in NorwayTilstandsrapport for høyere utdanning 2016 has been already published online by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Link(s): Norwegian

Post-secondary non-university education


Tertiary vocational study programmes build on qualifications from secondary education (or corresponding prior learning) but are not classified as higher education.


The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) is the controlling authority for all tertiary vocational education.

Link(s): Norwegian, English
Kunnskapsdepartementet

Tematical pages on the website of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

Recognised higher education institutions


Database with the accredited higher education institutions in Norway. An accredited higher education institution is granted the right to offer educational provision, without having to apply to NOKUT for specific (programme) accreditation, in accordance with the powers that its institutional category implies.

University Colleges that are not accredited institutions must apply to NOKUT for accreditation of their study programmes at all levels, see the list in the link under.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications


The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) is a governmental agency which among other tasks evaluates foreign higher education. This evaluation is a general recognition decision that shows how the foreign education is comparable to Norwegian higher education.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

NOKUT is also the national information centre on the Norwegian authorisation and recognition systems; as well as the contact point for recognition of professional qualifications for professions that are regulated by the Directive 2005/36/EC.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees


In accordance with the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (the Lisbon Recognition Convention), section VII, the Norwegian ENIC-NARIC office, NOKUT, has developed a procedure for formal recognition of higher education qualifications for persons without verifiable documentation.


This procedure is intended for refugees with insufficient documentation and individuals in a refugee-like situation who are unable to fulfill the documentation requirements for NOKUTs regular procedure for General Recognition. It is called the Recognition Procedure for Persons without Verifiable Documentation (the UVD-procedure).


The UVD-procedure is administrated by NOKUTs Section for Recognition of Refugees’ Qualifications.



Link(s): English

NOKUT has recently carried out a successful pilot project with the intention of testing the new method for evaluation of refugees’ qualifications: NOKUT’s Qualifications Passport for Refugees. The method corresponds to the proposal made by NOKUT and UK NARIC for a European Qualifications Passport for Refugees  (presented to the European Commission and other international organizations in September 2015).

Link(s): English

Qualifications Framework

Framework


The Norwegian qualifications framework for lifelong learning (NQF) was approved by the Norwegian government on 15 December 2011.

Link(s): Norwegian, English

Self Evaluation Report


The Ministry of Education and Research presented the report referencing the levels of the Norwegian Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NQF) to the levels of the European Qualifications Framework of Lifelong learning (EQF) at the meeting in the EQF Advisory Group on 6 June 2014. The report was approved and met all 10 referencing criteria. 

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation


The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)

P.O. Box 578

1327 Lysaker, Norway

Phone: +47 21 02 18 60
Fax: +47 21 02 18 01
E-mail: postmottak@nokut.no
Link: Norwegian, English

Additional information:
The Diploma Supplement has been fully implemented and is obligatory.

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Description of the Norwegian higher education system: Section 8 in the Diploma Supplement
Link(s): English
Chart of the national higher educational system
Link(s): English