Recognised higher education institutions
For a qualification to be approved, the school or higher education institution that issued it must be recognised by the country in which it is based, which then takes responsibility for the qualification maintaining a particular level of quality. This is checked though contacts with the authorities in the relevant country.
ENIC-NARIC Sweden only evaluates qualifications that were completed at recognised higher education institutions. For a qualification to be recognised, it must be included in the country’s System of Qualifications.
In most countries, such as in Sweden, it is the country’s government that decides whether a higher education institution is recognised. This is carried out by reviewing the formal prerequisites for conducting education and, increasingly, an assessment of educational standards.
However, the state can also decide that higher education institutes that have been accredited by specific external organisations are regarded as recognised. This is the case in the US, for example. Recognised higher education institutions are often entitled to issue qualifications, but there are cases where qualifications may only be awarded by an external authority or another higher education institution with degree-awarding powers.