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Building a national education registry in Norway

9 pagesPublished: August 9, 2023


The education register is intended to support digitalization, automation and streamlining in the education sector. The registry will promote data sharing in the sector and provide smoother user experiences. The aim of a new national education register is to provide a platform for generating and assigning unique identity to education and tamper-proof storage of educational information and the formal accreditation of the education. It shall contribute to quality assurance that education offered is accredited, and facilitate the use of data for analysis, management, research, and statistical preparation.
Norway has currently no digital solution for verifying accreditation. This is a challenge as most higher education institutions in Norway are self-accredited rather than being accredited by a central authority such as NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education). This poses problems for foreign recipients who may not be able to trust that the individual institution issuing the results has the authority to do so. Over time, this will also create problems for domestic data sharing, as the documentation issued digitally today will need to be valid for many decades. A digital accreditation service is essential for fully automating verification of results.
There will be several parties involved in such a system, the educational institution itself, Nokut as the quality organization, Sikt as the manager of the service and data. In addition, there will be several users of the service, such as the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, which must control (manually today) whether a loan is approved for an education.

Keyphrases: accrediatation process, education registry, verification of education

In: Jean-François Desnos and Martín López Nores (editors). Proceedings of European University Information Systems Congress 2023, vol 95, pages 161--169

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Berit Norma Bergen and Geir Magne Vangen and Anne Kathrine Haugen},
  title     = {Building a national education registry in Norway},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of European University Information Systems Congress 2023},
  editor    = {Jean-Fran\textbackslash{}c\{c\}ois Desnos and Mart\textbackslash{}'in L\textbackslash{}'opez Nores},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Computing},
  volume    = {95},
  pages     = {161--169},
  year      = {2023},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2398-7340},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/b6x4}}
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