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.
In recent months, the ministry has reworked some of the ‘actions’ and has presented a proposal for legislation with a totally new financing principle for exchange students entering and leaving Denmark.
The action plan for internationalisation will make it easier and quicker for students to study abroad. We have already removed a number of financial and administrative barriers and have reduced the case management times. But it is not enough and we must do much more so that students have better opportunities to gain international experience as part of their education, says the Minister.
Even though the number of Danish students availing of a study abroad exchange or pursuing a whole education programme at an international educational institution is increasing, there was still only an average of 17 per cent of a year group studying abroad in 2011/2012. Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard believes this is too few.