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Denmark: New plans to attract and retain talented non-Europeans

Three ministers have presented the Danish government's new plans to attract highly qualified people to the country and retain international students from outside Europe after graduation, including tax perks, a fast-track employment system and simplified immigration.

They were Tax Minister Morten Ostergaard, Minister of Employment Mette Frederiksen and Minister of Higher Education and Science Sofie Carsten Nielsen.(...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 17 April 2014 Issue No:316

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Nordic university reforms, diversification to continue

The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have escaped the economic crisis cutbacks that have hit higher education in Europe, and have instead enjoyed expanding budgets. But governments are looking at ways for universities to supplement their funding, to ease the burden on state finances.

University World Newsprobed Scandinavian higher education’s prospects for 2014 and talked to several professors and rectors about the challenges ahead. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 10 January 2014 Issue No:302

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[Denmark] Agreement on controversial student loan scheme reform

The major political parties in Denmark have signed a 10-point reform agreement aimed at strengthening the economy, job creation and competitiveness. When the reform is fully operational in 2020, student grants and loans spending will be reduced by DK2.2 billion (US$383 million). Students are angry, but rectors support the move.

Public money saved on the student grants and loans system, called the SU, will be invested in other areas of higher education. The agreement(in Danish) is called “On the Reform of the SU-System and the Student Completion Framework”. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 25 April 2013 Issue No:269

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Danish Universities Complain of Difficulty of Hiring Foreigners | Inside Higher Ed

Danish Universities Complain of Difficulty of Hiring Foreigners | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Danish government officials have pledged to make it easier for their universities to recruit foreign talent. But The Copenhagen Post (http://cphpost.dk/news/making-cut-immigration-dk/universities-complain-difficulty-employing-foreigners) reported that various regulations are actually making it more difficult for them to hire researchers from outside Denmark. Handling the rules and paperwork is so complex that the University of Copenhagen has created an office just to advise foreign scholars on the process.

 

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Denmark: Universities feel stabbed in the back by minister

Over the Christmas period Morten Østergaard, Denmark’s minister for science, innovation and higher education, told a leading newspaper there were far too many courses at universities and the number would be significantly cut. There have also been challenges to the university funding system. Universities have now struck back.

Since 1990 there has been a four-fold increase in the number of bachelor degrees offered by Danish universities. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 24 January 2014 Issue No:304

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[Denmark] New internationalisation proposal worries universities

The Danish Ministry of Education, which is working on an action plan for increased higher education internationalisation, is embarking on a new financing model for state support of study-abroad students that is worrying universities. If the new model is implemented, exchange funds for universities will only be provided for Danish students abroad – not for international students. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 28 September 2013 Issue No:289

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Denmark: Controversial student loan reform plans published

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has announced eight reforms to the student financial support system. In her weekly press report on Tuesday she said the reforms would save the government DKK2 billion (US$360 million) a year – but that Denmark would still have the world’s most generous student loan scheme. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 20 February 2013 Issue No:260


 

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[Denmark] Minister proposes three new laws to promote study abroad

Danish Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard last week published three new law proposals aimed at increasing the number of Danish students studying abroad.

In 2009-10 there were 24,485 international students in Denmark, 62% studying for a full degree, while only 9,825 Danish students were studying abroad and only 35% of them for a full degree. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 18 November 2012,  Issue No:248

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