Students from developing countries can again come to Norway to study for free after the quota student program was discontinued in 2016.
The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate close to NOK 70 million next year to the Partnership Program for Global Economic Cooperation (Norpart). This is an increase of almost NOK 30 million compared to this year’s budget, writes Vårt Land.
– This is really good assistance. Now they can again come here to the country and get demanded education at master’s level, says parliamentary leader Hans Fredrik Grøvan in the KrF to the newspaper.
In 2016, the government abolished the quota student scheme for students from developing countries. The scheme that is now being reintroduced is a budget winner for KrF.
In the budget proposal, the Ministry of Education and Science and Minister Jan Tore Sanner (H) writes that the program “can cover a full degree in Norway for students from the global south. The program will also work to ensure that the students return to their home country after studying in Norway”.
The Directorate for Internationalized and Quality Development in Higher Education (Diku) writes on its website that 39 developing countries are included in the scheme.
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