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Norway Allocates €17m Fund to Education Institutions Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic

The Norwegian government has allocated a €17 million fund to national education institutions in a bid to help students continue their studies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the news was announced, the Minister for Research and Higher Education, Ola Borten Moe, indicated that the effects of the pandemic on the education system will be felt regardless of reopening.

“Therefore, the Parliament [Parliament] I decided to allocate 170 million Norwegian kroner [€17 million] To follow the students academically and socially this year. The goal is that educational institutions and organizations can quickly start or expand additional measures to assist students,” the minister said.

The amount will be distributed equally among all associations, universities, colleges and vocational schools with a base amount of €5 million while the rest will be allocated according to the number of students at each institution, respectively, TheSchengen.com reports.

More specifically, public universities and colleges will receive 8.2 million euros, private colleges will receive around 1.1 million euros, and professional programs will receive around 1.7 million euros. In addition, student organizations receive 6 million euros.

According to Erudera.com, the universities that receive the highest amounts of financial aid are Norwegian University of Science and Technology (€1.4 million), BI Norwegian Business School (€38,000), Student Organization Sio (€1.5 million), and Noroff Fagskole AS ( 16,000 euros) and Kristiania Vocational School (15,000 euros).

Additional money to facilitate the study process amid the pandemic has helped students maintain their progress, despite the lack of interactions. Previously, Erasmus+, which represents the European Union’s program to support education, training, youth and sport in the 27-nation bloc, revealed that more than 640,000 educational experiences were funded through this program in 2020. In addition, it has funded 20,400 projects and 126.00 organizations .

According to data from Statista, the number of students in higher education in Norway has gradually increased in the past decade, representing an increase of 26 percent, more specifically from 241,302 to 306,453 – about 65,151 additional students. In addition, the number of students jumped by 3.4 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year when 296,182 students were enrolled in universities and colleges in the country.

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The number of females was consistently greater than the number of students during this period, and the difference between the sexes has increased even more in recent years.

Furthermore, the data shows that many students travel abroad for some time during their studies, with the UK and Denmark being the most popular destinations for Norwegian students in 2020. However, despite the relatively high numbers of students in Norway, education rates are lackluster compared to the entire population.

In 2019, tertiary education or a high school diploma was the highest education achieved among most Norwegians, and about 10 percent of the population had an extended tertiary education of five years or more.

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