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Only 35% of students at Svalbard University are Norwegian

More foreigners and fewer Norwegians SvalbardSvalbard airport.Photo wikipedia.org

The Ministry of Education’s requirement of 50% Norwegian nationals studying at the University Center on Svalbard (Universitetssenteret – UNIS) has still not been reached.

Last year, 35% of the students were Norwegian, while 14% were from Germany, 12% from the other Nordic countries, and 7% from the Netherlands.

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The three next countries on the list of represented nationalities were Russia, the United States and Canada, wrote Klassekampen newspaper.
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‘The students who apply here are dedicated. We offer a lot of fieldwork, as well as dedicated lecturers. Recruitment is good, said UNIS Director, Harald Ellingsen. He added that former students play a key role in recruitment.
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Students from 43 countries were represented at the world’s northernmost university last year.
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 Student numbers are increasing, with a total of 759 taking courses of varying lengths last year. The year before, it was 690.

© NTB Scanpix / Norway Today

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