At Malmö University, research and education should be innovative, multidisciplinary, international, and safeguard the strengths and values that characterise the University. All education should meet the knowledge demands of both individuals and wider society.

How we achieve high quality education and research

Malmö University’s activities are to be guided by academic values, the principle of collegiality and student influence that promotes quality.

The University’s collective approach to quality is expressed through the quality system for education and research, which takes into account the various disciplines’ characteristics, differing views on knowledge and individual quality criteria.

All education at the University is to be of high quality and meet the demands for knowledge from both individuals and wider society. 

Quality enhancement in education is conducted mainly at the study programme level but also across the University. This work is followed up annually, in part by the University's education board. The University's quality enhancement work is integral to all the activities at the University and based on the following cornerstones:

  • quality of education;
  • student influence;
  • professional development of staff; and
  • systematic follow-up.

 

New study programmes

Before a new study programme is launched, it is reviewed in several stages to ensure that it meets the criteria necessary to maintain a high quality of education. The aspects subject to review include the course syllabi and access to guidance and support. The study programme should also give students a solid foundation for utilising their knowledge in professional life and enable them to continue their studies at higher levels. The University also conducts reviews to ensure that the study programme will meet the demands of both students and the labour market.

Study programme evaluations

Our study programmes are evaluated both within the University and through external reviews by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). In 2016, the Swedish parliament decided on a new evaluation system. Previously, UKÄ reviewed the attainment of learning outcomes in degree projects. The new system entails UKÄ also reviewing the University's quality assurance work in education. At Malmö University, we work continuously on course and programme evaluations and follow up on their results in various forums.

Student influence

Working continuously to improve and develop student influence is one of the cornerstones of quality enhancement work at Malmö University. We encourage students to take an active role in the further development of their education. The students' participation in the implementation, evaluation and development of education is crucial in ensuring its quality. Student influence is an important tool for the University's work in promoting democratic values; student co-determination reinforces both the study environment and the students' learning processes. There are three student unions at Malmö University: the Malmö Student Union, the Dentistry Student Union and the Malmö Doctoral Student Union.

Systematic follow-up

In order to ensure that the University meets external demands for educational quality and internally formulated principles for quality, systematic follow-ups are regularly carried out. The University's study programmes are continuously audited through measures such as course and programme evaluations and student and alumni surveys. In addition, several key performance indicators are regularly monitored, including the number of applicants per study place, admissions, as well as completion of courses and degrees. The results of the evaluations, surveys and quality enhancing initiatives are discussed in various educational bodies at the University, in which students are also represented. 

 

Driving quality within research

External Research Assessment – ERA19

External Research Assessment, or ERA19, is an evaluation of the quality of research at Malmö University. The assessment was carried out during the course of 2019 and focused on processes driving quality within research.

Purpose

The main purpose of ERA19 is to contribute to the development of research quality at the University. In order to achieve this, the University employed external evaluators with extensive experience of the conditions and processes that create successful research environments.

Assessment environments

  • departmental (The Faculty of Odontology will be assessed as a research environment);
  • faculty-level;
  • and university-wide.

ERA19 is based on

  • reflective self-evaluations;
  • bibliometrics;
  • staff and financial data;
  • overall information about Malmö University:
  • and site visit.

The assessment has resulted in reports including recommendations for continued quality development of research activities at the University. Key recommendations will be included in the planning of future activities at the University. Follow up on these measures will also be undertaken in accordance with the routines outlined in Malmö University’s forthcoming framework for quality assurance in research.

Global engagement and internationalisation

Internationalisation, global engagement and diversity have always been core values for Malmö University. We encourage international collaboration to maintain a high standard of education and research.

The University works with academic partner institutes, networks and cooperation programmes around the globe, striving to ensure favourable conditions for teachers and researchers to foster international collaboration. Students are offered the opportunity to study, or do an internship, abroad. We also enable and encourage both staff and students to engage in international activities on campus.

Read more about our global engagement and internationalisation

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)

Malmö University has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) for the period 2014-2020.

More information on Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 

Cecilia Christersson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement


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Sustainability

Malmö University will contribute to long-term sustainable economic, social and environmental development. We have an important task to contribute through our teaching and research, but we also need to contribute by reducing the impact of our own operations. As a university, we have a central role in the fight against climate change and we are one of the 37 Swedish institutions that have joined the Climate Framework for higher education institutions.

The University's environmental goals are based on the University's environmental investigation and focus on five areas:

  • business trips
  • restaurants and catering
  • waste
  • skill and knowledge development for staff
  • energy supply.

More about Malmö University's environmental goals of 2020

Business trips

In 2018, the University's total emissions from air travel were 820,000 kg of CO2 (carbon dioxide) or 703 kg of CO2 per employee.

Long term goal

  • reducing CO2-emissions from travellers by fifty per cent by 2024 (with 2018 as base year)

Goals for 2020

  • reducing CO2-emissions by at least 10 per cent (with 2018 as base year); and
  • a minimum of 60 per cent of all trips to and from Stockholm are made by train.

Restaurants and catering (food and service)

By choosing, for example, more climate-smart meals in the lunch restaurants and limiting internal and external representation, the University could reduce its negative climate impact.

Goals for 2020

  • to meet with all the restaurateurs, together with students, to discuss how to reduce CO2-emissions from restaurants, as well as to write down goals and an action plan.

Waste

Today, the proportion of undefined waste is approximately 11–15,000 kg per year. We want to reduce this.

Goal and activities of 2020

  • better and more uniform recycling bins in all buildings;
  • better information on waste and recycling; and
  • better information on quantities of waste collected (quarterly in all buildings);
  • make sure environmentally hazardous waste from clinics and labs are collected and treated in an optimal way.

Skill and knowledge development of staff

The University's work on sustainable development needs to be strengthened and integrated into the organisation.

Goals for 2020

  • All units shall discuss sustainable development at least once at a workplace meeting during the year
  • All units shall formulate their own action plan for the issue for 2021.

Energy supply

At Malmö University, the total energy consumption decreases every year, but at a slow rate and with a subsiding decline.

Long term goal

  • reducing CO2 equivalent emissions by 25 percent per square meter by 2024 (with 2018 as base year)

Goal 2020

  • to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by at least five percent per square meter (with 2018 as base year)

Strategy 2022

The University's most important social responsibility is to provide education through which students can develop their ability to critically evaluate knowledge and translate it into action. Malmö University has a unique opportunity to be an open university which invites people to discuss complex and uncomfortable societal issues.

Vision

Malmö University contributes to a sustainable and more equal society through research-based knowledge, critical reflection and a readiness to act.

Core values

Malmö University is founded on the human, democratic and academic values that have emerged from the ideals of an open society, freedom of speech and critical thinking.

Objective

Malmö University provides high-quality education and research through which, in collaboration with other societal actors, it creates, shares and disseminates knowledge to understand, explain and develop society. At Malmö University, the particularities and traditions of different disciplines are respected and given the opportunity to be clearly expressed.

Overarching goals for education and research

  • To cultivate long-term, nationally and internationally outstanding research which, together with doctoral education, constitutes one third of the University's activities.
  • Offer education grounded in research, in terms of teaching methods as well as subject matters, which provides the conditions for inclusive and student-active, life-long learning.
  • Ensure strong, coherent and boundary-crossing international academic environments in which education, research and collaboration are integrated.

Development areas 2018–2022

The following are the most important development areas for Malmö University in its first five-year period, based on the overarching goals for education and research:

  • academic values;
  • research and doctoral education;
  • identity and role in society;
  • competence, leadership and paths; and
  • the University environment.