Norway allocates €17 million fund to educational institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Norwegian government has allocated a 17 million euro fund to domestic educational institutions to try to help students continue their education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announcing the news, Minister for Research and Higher Education Ola Borten Moe stressed that the effects of the pandemic in the education system will be felt regardless of the reopening.

“Therefore, the Storting [Parliament] decided to allocate NOK 170 million [€17 million] to follow the students academically and socially this year. The aim is that educational institutions and organizations can quickly initiate or expand additional measures to support students,” said the minister.

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

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

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

Additional funding to facilitate the study process amid the pandemic has helped students maintain their progress, despite the lack of interaction. Previously, Erasmus+, which represents the EU program to support education, training, youth and sport in the bloc of 27, revealed that more than 640,000 learning experiences had been funded by 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 over the last decade, representing an increase of 26%, more precisely from 241,302 to 306,453, or approximately 65,151 students from more. Furthermore, the number of students jumped 3.4% in 2020 from the previous year, when 296,182 students attending universities and colleges were enrolled in the country.

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There were consistently more female students than male students during this period, and the gender gap has only widened in recent years.

Additionally, 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 number relatively high number of students in Norway, education rates are muted. compared to the whole population.

In 2019, higher education or a high school diploma was the highest level of education attained by most Norwegians, and about 10% of the population had obtained an extended higher education of five years or more.

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