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Report: Uni closer to exchange student targets

Annual report claims the University is moving towards better balance of incoming versus outgoing students, as more Danes opt for exchange study abroad

Despite recent fears that Danish students are reluctant to leave their cushy situations at Danish universities, it seems that more are seeking international opportunities, after all. This is according to an appendix of the Annual Report which was up for approval this Thursday.

The report hints that a solution to the so-called ‘balancing problem’ may be closer at hand than previously thought. Institutions like the University of Copenhagen have been forced to uphold new balancing rules that restrict the number of exchange students they admit.

Encouraging even more Danish students to study abroad may mean numbers of international students can stay high.

Danish students out, internationals in

The figures seemed optimistic when it came to making incoming and outgoing students match.

The accompanying table in the report shows figures for the entire year. Here, the gap is stabilising between the in-going and out-going exchange students with only a difference of 670 between them for the entirety of 2011. Up from 2010, but a small improvement from the 2009 number of 715.

Imbalances had earlier elicited fears that the university could lose over DKK 22 million in government funding unless it fixed the problem.

Wants more internationalisation

Higher numbers of Danish students leaving for exchange opportunities at partner universities have helped: 665 more Danish students are now leaving the university for exchange programmes than in 2007.

The University upholds that it is eager to increase both incoming and outgoing numbers. The University had 1,795 incoming students and 1,139 outgoing students in September 2011.

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