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A study by CIMO reveals that enrolment in a Finnish university entails for half of international students staying on in the country post-graduation, to build a life and/or career.
The study, based on data from Statistics Finland, tracked 1704 foreign students registered in the country who graduated from Finnish universities in 2009 (out of a total 1889 international students) - examining their occupational or activity patterns after studies. A key conclusion is that 50% of students who remain in the country one year post graduation find employment and of those staying on for five years, 44% found work.Further findings include:
Less Master graduates entering into the Finnish labour market can be attributed to these level studies aiming at an international career or further learning engagements. Universities of applied sciences performing particular well in shaping employable graduates, can be seen to link to work-based training that is often carried out in Finland.
With over 20 000 international degree students in Finnish universities, 76 % originating from beyond EU/EEA boarders, these newest findings offer support in dispelling beliefs that foreign students chose Finland as a study destination to benefit from its free education model, only to then leave the country post-graduation, to work and economically contribute elsewhere. These insights offer a further angle to an ongoing debate related to Finland’s upcoming introduction of tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students as of January 2017.CIMO – press release SHARE