International News Desk

At Home: Taxes for Tuition? Nova Scotians Agree
In Nova Scotia, a poll from the Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Education Coalition show that nearly 71% of people making between $40,000 and $70,000 are willing to pay higher taxes if they knew it would go toward lowering tuition in Nova Scotia universities and colleges.

With recent reports showing tuition rising above $6,000, David Etherington from the Canadian Federation of Students, says that this isn’t surprising as tuition is starting to push middle-income students out of university, reports the Metronews in Halifax.

Around the World: Sweden Wants more non-EU students.
Have you been wanting to study abroad? Perhaps in what the Economist has declared “the best governed country in the world”? In that case, there is some good news for your as PIE News is reporting that the heads of Gothenburg University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, along with representatives from Swedish commercial power-houses such as Ericsson and AB Volvo, have written an opinion editorial. This editorial calls on the government to introduce scholarships directed toward non-EU students in an effort to shore up their declining international student numbers.

These numbers, which dropped from 8,000 to 1,400 upon Sweden’s introduction of tuition fees, give “the wrong picture of Sweden as an international player,” say those calling on the government. They propose that the scholarships would be funded by income tax revenue from those non-EU students who choose to stay and work in Sweden after graduation. While this is currently only about 17% of the non-EU students who graduate from Swedish institutions, up to 85% of the non-EU students who are there say they would like to stay in the country if they are able to. Accordingly, the writers of the editorial also call for reforms to the Visa regulations in Sweden which currently require non-Swedish students to leave within 10 days of the end of their course.