Beyond bor­ders

THE (Times Higher Education) - - NEWS -

An in­quiry es­tab­lished by the Swedish gov­ern­ment has set out an am­bi­tious strat­egy for in­ter­na­tion­al­is­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions. The rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude a pro­posal for Swe­den to “cre­ate closer col­lab­o­ra­tion among Nordic higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions and fur­ther de­velop an in­ter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive knowl­edge re­gion in north­ern Europe”. It also calls for the pro­por­tion of Swedish stu­dents spend­ing time abroad to in­crease to at least 25 per cent by 2025. Just 14 per cent of stu­dents grad­u­at­ing in 2016-17 had spent three months abroad, it said. Other pro­posed ini­tia­tives fo­cus on dou­ble and joint de­grees; a more “strate­gi­cally man­aged” ap­proach to the use of English in uni­ver­si­ties; and im­prov­ing ac­cess for refugees and other re­cent ar­rivals.

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