Tuesday, 23 March 2010

ACA Academic Cooperation Association

Taking care of the ‘brains’ – Principles and practice in international student support

Seminar in Brussels 19.3.2010

The student services offered are becoming an increasingly important factor for international students when they select a place to study. The seminar addressed the needs and wants of international degree students and gave tips how to meet the challenges higher education institutions are facing in their efforts to internationalize. We heard interesting research results and motivating cases from UK and Denmark.

UK has a long tradition of having tuition paying students. With the increased funding through these students also the student services are given more emphasis than in countries offering free education. Denmark has already started charging tuition from students coming from outside EU, Sweden will follow already in 2011 and gradually Finland will take the same path. All countries that have started charging tuition have experienced a decline in the number of international student for some years. In the UK this decline lasted for three years.

The new strategy for Tampere University of Applied Sciences emphasizes the well-being of students. We are set to improve in this area. Through social media, a university will nowadays quickly gain a reputation based on how students are welcomed and cared for during their studies.

Aura Loikkanen

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