Digitalisation was a focus area for UHR in 2019. The use of Artificial intelligence in the admissions process was expanded and UHR launched a new web service for assessing foreign education, among other activities. The council's annual report has now been submitted to the Government.

“2019 was an intense and eventful year where my staff and I devoted a great deal of energy to developing and increasing the efficiency of our operations,” says Karin Röding, Director General for UHR.

Directed efforts in digitalisation characterised UHR’s 2019. Thanks to the development of artificial intelligence, passports and ID cards can now be automatically identified in the admissions process to higher education, which has led to a more efficient and faster process

Launch of digital evaluation service

The digital evaluation service - which was launched in May last year – shows quickly and easily what a foreign qualification corresponds to in Sweden. The service currently contains nearly 700 qualifications from 52 countries and is a helpful tool for both jobseekers and employers.

In 2019, UHR also introduced digital recognition statements for those who have had their foreign qualifications individually assessed and recognised by the council. At the same time, the processing time for assessments was significantly reduced as a result of fewer applications and increased efficiency.

Increase in registration for the SweSAT in autumn 2019

After several years of decline, the autumn of 2019 saw an increase in the number of students who registered to take the SweSAT. UHR continued its pressing work in ensuring the legal security of the exam and counteracting cheating.

In 2019, a number of communication activities were implemented to increase awareness of the opportunities Erasmus+ and other programmes offer across the education sector. UHR's analysis section completed several assignments during the course of the year.

“I particularly want to highlight the government task on sexual harassment in academia, which UHR received in connection with the #metoo movement of 2017. The resulting report has had a major impact and led to a number of collaborations with both universities and other stakeholders,” says Karin Röding.