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#EAIR2019 Programme

#EAIR2019 Programme

Tuition fees as a policy instrument – The introduction of tuition fees in Sweden



Responsibility for Internationalisation


Hans Lundin et al, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Single presentation - 30 Minutes



Internationalization in higher education remains a key political issue. The way governments try to steer and actively develop internationalization is however rather unstudied. The aim of this paper is to analyse tuition fees through the lens of national policy making as an instrument to govern internationalization, by analysing the introduction of tuition fees in Sweden. Based on official documents an analytical framework is developed to analyse tuition fees as a policy instrument. Initial findings show that tuition fees are introduced by the government to govern the internationalization based on four rationales: quality, national branding, cost sharing and strategy. 

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