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Tuition Fee Plans Meet Criticism

The government’s plan to introduce tuition fees for students from non-European countries has triggered criticism by several universities and colleges. A group of deans argue that such fees would keep many foreign students from enrolling in a Swedish facility, simply because they could not afford it. In an article published by daily Göteborgs Posten the deans of three universities warned that in that case they might be forced to annul a number of seminars and courses.

The Minister for education and research, Tobias Krantz, rebuffed the criticism. He said that Swedish students who wish to study abroad have to pay. It would not be reasonable to expect Swedish taxpayers to sponsor foreign students enrolled in Swedish educational institutions, Krantz said.

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