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Higher Education Minister unaware how high tuition fees can be

Published tisdag 10 maj 2016 kl 10.30
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Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education. File photo: Maja Suslin/TT.
Helene Hellmark Knutsson, högre utbildnings- och forskningsminister. Foto: Maja Suslin/TT.

Following Swedish Radio News' scrutiny of tuition fees for foreign students, Sweden's Minister for Higher Education, Helene Hellmark Knutsson (Social Democrat) said she was surprised to find out how big the costs were.

"The previous government instituted the system with fees for students from outside of Europe. As Swedish Radio News' investigation shows, there's a lack of rules and regulations around the system," she told Swedish Radio News' P1 Morgon program.

Swedish Radio News has revealed that students from outside the EU can pay almost double the cost of the actual education they are receiving.

Did you know how big the fees were?

"No, I don't know the size of the fees, however I have known that it was unregulated," said Hellmark Knuttson.

Hellmark Knuttson added that it's important for Sweden to attract foreign students.

"This fall, we will be commissioning an investigation to see how we can increase internationalization. The previous government instituted the fees extremely hastily without making an analsyis of the possible consequences, or creating rules around the system," she said.

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