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Higher Education in the Nordic Countries

Evaluation of the Nordic agreement on admission to higher education

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The Nordic agreement on admission to higher education aims to ensure that in all the Nordic countries applicants to higher education from another Nordic country should be considered for admission on the same or equivalent basis as local applicants. In 2014 the Nordic Institute of Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) evaluated the agreement.  In the report the evaluators give a description and a mapping of Nordic student mobility in a European context, as well an evaluation how appropriate and effective the agreement is. It is concluded that the agreement and Nordic cooperation is largely taken for granted and that the agreement has both a practical and symbolic value for Nordic cooperation.  For the future development four possible scenarios and a set of general recommendations are given.

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Introduction

Nordic student mobility has a long history and can be dated even further back than the formalized cooperation within the the Nordic Council of Ministers that started in the 1950s. Following the Nordic cooperation agreement from March 1971, an action plan was developed in 1988. As a follow up to this action plan, a number of Nordic agreements and instruments were developed, including both the Nordplus programme for exchange students and the Nordic agreement on admission to higher education that was first signed in 1996, with its latest renewal in 2012. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the Nordic agreement on admission to higher education in the Nordic countries.

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