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Scandinavia on International Degree Market

VU International News and Reviews No. 03 April 8 2013

April 2013

A recent Finnish report on International Degree Programmes shows that the number of IDPs in Finland started growing substantially from 2006 onwards to about 400 in 2012. The report signals problems with foreign IDP graduates finding their place on the Finnish labour market, with insufficient command of Finnish as the key issue, which may hide underlying issues of cultural differences and Finnish chauvinism. The report recommends better integration between teaching and support services for foreign students and much more attention for alumni services. (report available through

Also recently published was a Nordic report on the Nordic Master Programme (NMP), set up in 2007. The programme was set up to encourage Nordic higher education cooperation and create a common Nordic Masters Brand (report available through

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