International students could be an excellent business strategy for Denmark to mitigate their crippling labour shortage. The IDA, engineering association has formally requested the Danish government to provide more work opportunities after graduation.
International students have added 26 billion kroner apart from the living expenses to the Danish economy in the past decade. Out of these 26 billion kroner, 12 billion came from fields like engineering, natural science and technical sciences courses.
Yet the government has insisted that the provision of international students will drain the resources as many students return to their home countries after completing their education as the expenditure by the government offsets the spending of international students on staying and working in Denmark and on themselves. This has raised a matter of concern among many universities as the government plans to reduce the number of courses taught in English by 25 %.
The country needs skilled manpower in the field of IT, natural science and engineering to have a green and digital transformation in order to sustain itself as a society. There is an estimated shortage of 13,000 graduates by the end of the year.
Thus the government has been advised to invite more international students and offer them
education and better work opportunities to stabilize the country’s economy and labour shortage.
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