Dec 26, 2020

IS NORWAY ENDING FREE EDUCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

IS NORWAY ENDING FREE EDUCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

IS NORWAY ENDING FREE EDUCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
Dec 26, 2020

I will tell you a fact Norway is the first country to start free education for students.  

They have free education since 1739. They wanted to educate everyone for free.  Namaste from Norway guys, I am Arvind and welcome back to my channel.  Today's video will be very useful for all students.  I will tell you is Norway ending free education for international students.  If you want to know the answer to this question then watch the video till the end.  This is very important information friends.  Before we start on this topic. Let us understand the history of this topic.  Right now the government is a collation government with four parties.  This government is in power since 2013 they won the election twice.  Amongst this government, progress party has proposed this in the parliament.  



They have said that free education for students outside EEA or EU should end.  EEA & EU means countries outside of Europe. Like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, China etc.  They have proposed to stop free education for students from these countries because of many reasons like..  They think it is a big financial burden for the Norwegian government to educate International students for free.  Around 80 million Nok are spent to educate students from outside EEA & EU.  This was the first reason and the second reason is... They say Denmark has already abolished this rule in 2006 of free education.  In Denmark there are no private universities all are public universities.  



After that comes to Sweden. Let me check my notes. Sweden abolished this rule in 2013.  Norway, Sweden & Denmark are Scandinavian countries.  Norway mostly follows the rules of its neighboring countries.  These all countries have friendly relations with each other, unlike our neighboring countries.   This is a political agenda. So let us not discuss this.  One strong reason is that Norway wants to follow the same polices as Sweden & Denmark.  Our leader of education & research committee has said that we should attract smart heads because we offer quality not because we offer cheap education.  So they want to attract only those students to Norway who are smart and want quality education.  This was the whole agenda.  Now another opinion is of the International student union.  



This organization is formed by all the international students in Norway they are known as ISU.  They are opposing this.  They are saying that if you do so then students will not come to Norway.  That is because the same happened in Sweden. Around 73% of the decline was seen after they ended free education in Sweden.  The head of ISU said that already Norway is so expensive then why would it attract any students if free education ends.  Let me give you an example of how much the tuition fee can be.  In Swedish universities, the fee of one semester is 70,000 Nok So for masters, you have four semesters. So 70,000 Nok in INR is around 6 lakh. So in total 24 lakh, INR fee will be introduced.  



Just like ISU, there is one more organization in Norway which is called NSU.  NSU protested against this outside the Norwegian parliament.  This happened when the first draft was proposed in parliament.  NSU says, that there is a Norwegian term "Gratisprinsippet" which means the principle of free education. They say that under this principle you should give free education to the students.  Despite the fact whether that student is from the EU or non-EU everyone is entitled to free education. So if you stop free education you are going against this principle.  NSU is saying that after a few years you might end free education for Norwegian students as well.  This is the main opposition of NSU. This same thing was proposed to the parliament in 2015 and it was rejected.  So this is not happening for the first time in Norway. 



It has been discussed before and it was rejected.  So this is a bit of good news for all.  I am not an expert on this topic but a profession from UIO Peter Massena gave his opinion on this matter and this is what he said.. I read his article online you can read it too. I will attach the link in the description.  So if you ask me I don't think it will be approved but now let us see what did Professor Peter Massena said he gave four points. Two points are in favor and two are against.  He says Norwegian taxpayers are paying for the free education and the students who take this education might not even stay in Norway after completing studies.  so the first point is this that this is not fair.  



Secondly, he said that as Sweden and Denmark have already done it so we should do it too.  Because it is definitely a benefit for the Norwegian government.  These two points were in favor of banning free education now let us see what did he said against it.  He also said it will be against principle of free education. Like we discussed it before. Norway has free education for students since 1739. So Principle of free education is very old and will be very difficult to change it.  He also said people do not understand the Principle of free education very well.  He also said that as Norway is already an expensive country so already students spend around 12-15 lakh INR to stay here.  



And on top of that if you add 24 lakh of tuition fee then it will be 40 lakh INR.  In 40 lakh INR, you can study in any renowned university in the world.  So outside talent which was coming to Norway won't come and you will suffer in some way.  So these were his main four points.  This was the information which I wanted to share with you guys.  In January 2021 it will be discussed again. Then in March or April, it will be discussed with all the parties.  The result will come in May as per the news. Please do not sue me if dates are postponed.  



Incase Norway ends the free education then what will happen let me tell you that too.  In neighboring countries, they offer free scholarships too so the same will happen in Norway.  So it will depend on your grades. I know some people in Finland who got 100% scholarship.  You guys please study hard and get good grades and I wish Norway doesn't end free education for you guys.  If you have more information about this topic then please comment below. 

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