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One of the key aims of Ms. Bladh’s report is to suggest how more students than today can benefit from an international dimension. This is to include measures usually referred to as “internationalisation at home”, for which the report is to identify “examples of good practice”. But it is also to be achieved by international mobility for students and staff, to gain qualifications necessary for an increasingly international labour market. Swedish higher education enjoys already a high degree of internationalisation, but there are, according to the government, apparently important differences between institutions, making the removal of barriers and support to prioritize internationalisation and the provision of mobility opportunities at some institutions necessary.
The mandate for the inquiry also includes proposing measures to increase Sweden's attractiveness as a study destination and knowledge nation. The inquirer will submit a proposal for an integrated system for registration and tuition fees, recruitment, admissions, examination of the residence permits and receipt of fee-paying students. The inquiry will also look at how higher education institutions could have the possibility of offering funding support to third-country fee-paying students in their education.
The final report is to be handed to Swedish Government by end October 2018, upon which the Government’s own proposal will follow.
Swedish Government – Press release (only in Swedish)