Higher Education in the Nordic Countries

Evaluation of the Nordic agreement on admission to higher education

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The Nordic agreement on admission to higher education aims to ensure that in all the Nordic countries applicants to higher education from another Nordic country should be considered for admission on the same or equivalent basis as local applicants. In 2014 the Nordic Institute of Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) evaluated the agreement.  In the report the evaluators give a description and a mapping of Nordic student mobility in a European context, as well an evaluation how appropriate and effective the agreement is. It is concluded that the agreement and Nordic cooperation is largely taken for granted and that the agreement has both a practical and symbolic value for Nordic cooperation.  For the future development four possible scenarios and a set of general recommendations are given.



Analysis of Nordic student mobility patterns

Statistics on student mobility from the Nordic countries is based on information from the student support authorities in the respective countries; hence they cover only those who receive support for studying abroad. Most students are eligible for support, and we assume that the vast majority takes advantage of loans and grants offered. However, it is important to be aware that this may vary between countries, and that there may be more mobile students than those who are included in the official mobility statistics.


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