A team of experts at the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education has praised many aspects of operations at the University of Iceland in a new institution-wide review published last week. The review also identifies several areas for improvement that will help the University advance both in Iceland and internationally.
This is the second institution-wide review of the University of Iceland, the first having taken place just over five years ago. The review team was made up of international experts as well as one student representative and the goal was to enhance the quality of Icelandic universities. The review is based on University-led subject-level reviews and in-depth data, although due to the COVID-19 pandemic the team was unable to conduct a site visit and instead held remote meetings with various parties at the University.
The report praises many aspects of research, teaching and administration at the University and identifies progress that has been made since the last review. In particular, the team highlights the high degree of public trust that the University enjoys in Iceland and the international quality of our research. The team also draws attention to the University's successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to effective implementation of digital teaching solutions, a close-knit staff community and short lines of communication.
The international review team conclude the report by expressing confidence in the quality of the student learning experience and the academic standards of degrees at the University of Iceland. This is an important acknowledgement that affirms that a degree from the University of Iceland is an internationally trusted qualification that will continue to open up new and exciting opportunities for UI alumni in Iceland and around the world.
The report also identifies several areas for improvement and opportunities to further enhance quality culture at the University. The team emphasises the importance of strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration between schools and faculties and taking steps to ensure consistent academic standards across different units. "The University of Iceland's new Strategy 2021-2026, UI26 will guide the reform work that lies ahead, as it guides all quality enhancement at UI, alongside the external reviews that were used to inform the Strategy," said Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, in his weekly message to students and staff.
The entire report and the main findings in Icelandic are available on the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education website.