Poor Grades for Swedish Universities

Eleven percent of higher education courses in Sweden are of such poor quality that their right to issue qualifications has been called into question, according to a report published Monday by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.

The survey, which took six years to compile and studied some 1700 higher education courses, found that 40 percent of general nursing courses and 33 percent of specialist nursing courses were not of a sufficiently high standard.

Many teacher-training courses were also found to be of poor quality.

Although the authors of the report recognise that education standards in Sweden are generally of a high standard, they say higher education establishments have not been provided with sufficient resources to meet growing demand in the past 15 years.

The report warned that in a bid to provide students with ever-greater choice of courses, quantity has been favored over quality.