Calls for scholarships for international students

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Sweden is suffering from a brain drain, according to leading businessmen and university representatives. Writing an op-ed article in today's Dagens Nyheter, they claim the imposition of tuition fees on students from outside the European Union has meant that student numbers have plummeted, and that will have a long term effect on Swedish business, as the students and graduates head elsewhere, they say.

They want the government to introduce a scholarship scheme, combining that with letting graduates stay longer after graduation to find a job in Sweden would mean the system would pay for itself, they claim.

Radio Sweden spoke with Pam Fredman, Vice Chancellor at Gothenburg University, one of the co-authors of the report. She says the numbers of international students in Sweden has fallen by 80 percent since the tuition fees were introduced.