Political controversy over rising international student debt in Denmark

Chairman of European Higher Education Organization Igor Kiselev talks about mounting debt among international students. Although student debt among graduates outside Denmark is primarily that of Danish citizens who have left, debt among international students is high and there are concerns that government action might reduce their numbers in future.

The tax ministry reported that 18,000 former students had amassed this outstanding debt and that 5,000 of these had left Denmark without forwarding an address abroad.

After supplying a long list of the international agreements Denmark has signed, the minister concluded that it was not possible to make the loan conditional on an international student coming from a country where Denmark has an agreement for collecting debts.

The fact is that debt holders who leave Denmark repay their debts to a lesser degree than debt holders living in Denmark: 64% of debt holders leaving compared to 32% living in Denmark have not paid their debts.

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European Higher Education Organization

European Higher Education Organization is a public organization carrying out academic, educational and information activities on higher education in Europe. The EHEO general plan stresses that: Higher education systems require adequate funding and, as an investment in economic growth, public spending in higher education should be protected. The challenges faced by higher education require more flexible governance and funding systems, which balance greater autonomy for education institutions with accountability to stakeholders. Thus, EHEO plans: improve academic and scientific interaction of universities; protect the interests of universities; interact more closely with public authorities of European countries; popularize European higher education in the world; develop academic mobility; seek funding for European universities.

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