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ISU KICK-OFF 2015
Fasten your seatbelts everyone – ISU is going to kick-off the autum semester 2015 with the first ISU Kick-off camp in ISU Norway’s history!
Press release - First Vice President position avaliable , April 2015
Join ISU Norway!
ISU Norway has an open position for the 1st Vice President position in the National Board to work for the interest of international students! We hope to see your application!
Deadline for the application to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org is Friday the 1st of May at 13.00.
See this link for more info about the position and the responsibilities.
Press release - Tuition Fees Stopped! , November 2014
There has been an agreement in the budget negotiations between the government, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party to drop the proposal to introduce tuition fees for international students. This puts an end to the proposal to make Norwegian higher education institutions to charge tuition fees for students outside the EU/EEA.
Press release from the International Students Union of Norway (ISU) 20 / 11-14
- We are very pleased that the Christian Democrats and the Liberals have decided to keep higher education in Norway free, and are delighted that the government prioritises quality and diversity in higher education, says Abbas Sharif, leader of ISU.
- ISU wants higher quality in education and a concentrated effort on the successful integration of international students in to the Norwegian society, so that they can in a realistic and beneficial manner, advantage Norway. The budget agreement is a good step in the right direction, says Sharif.
Overall the higher education sector this fall has shown that we are united against the introduction of tuition fees. ISU has come with a clear message to the Government to end the proposal once and for all.
- A bad proposal is not helped by suggesting it again year on year. We now expect the Government to scrap the proposal for good, and stop recycling it when Parliament has previously rejected the proposal, says Sharif.
Press release regarding International Students Day, November 2014
Today 17th November students in many countries celebrate International Students Day. This year ISU’s focus is on international students in Norway and the diversity international students create on campuses around the country.
Press release from the International Students’ Union of Norway (ISU) 17 / 11-14
- We want this day to be meaningful and an opportunity to express our acts of social responsibilities, the diverse and multicultural students community we create and what we mean to the Norwegian higher education and for the whole of the Norwegian society, says ISU leader, Abbas Sharif
The international students’ day will be celebrated across Norway, with several different arrangements of celebration by ISU member unions. ISU hopes and believes that this day will become an annual celebration of Norway’s higher education institutions. This year the theme is particularly relevant to government proposals to introduce tuition fees for international students who want to study in Norway.
- We want a highlight that shows what international students mean for the academic well-being and quality of Norwegian higher education, and to mark the students saying a definite no to the Government's proposal to introduce tuition fees for international student, says Sharif.
Collection of ISU Local Branch articles in the Media regarding Tuition Fees
Article at Harstad University College
laagendalsposten - reader`s comment in the local paper
Youtube video on Internationalzation
Comment in The Foreigner from NMBU ÅS Professor
Comment from Student Parliament leader in the local newspaper
Article on the NMBU Ås University`s website
Article in the local newspaper
Article on Fiber - Student Media portal
Article from NRK Rogaland
The Christian Democrats and the Liberals reject tuition fees in Norway
KrF (The Christian Democrats) reject tuition fees for international students from outside the EEA in its alternative budget proposal. Earlier also Venstre’s (The Liberals) central executive committee adopted a statement against tuition fees.
Press release from the International Students’ Union of Norway (ISU) 31/10-14
- This is very important for Norwegian higher education, and a good prioritisation of the Christian Democrats and Liberals. Free education is one of the favourable conditions that makes Norway maintain a competitive advantage in today’s globalized world, says Abbas Sharif, President of ISU.
- In an increasingly globalised world, international students add great value and diversity to universities in Norway.
• We now expect the government not to suggest this proposal again the following year and put the proposal in the shredder and stop recycling bad ideas that Parliament has previously rejected, says Sharif.
Earlier the Liberals also at its National Board adopted the statement "Education across borders", where the party advocated against tuition fees and defended the principle in Norwegian higher education. The government has now no support from its cooperating parties for the proposal to introduce tuition fees.
- This sends a strong message to the government. We expect the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberals will be hard on this in the budget negotiations and that Parliament is as principled as the same time last year, says Sharif.
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The Norwegian Government will remove the principle of free education, October 2014
The Government has today (October 8) proposed the introduction of tuition fees for international students outside the EU / EEA despite a unanimous Parliament that said no to this for under a yearago. International Students’ Union of Norway (ISU) believes the proposal for tuition fees is a very negative impact for Norwegian higher education and hopes that Parliament is principled in the budget process.
The proposal will have direct budgetary impact by withdrawing 80.5 million in funding to the institutions. The Government will, as a consequence of the proposed changes in the regulations will make it possible for institutions to charge tuition fees to cover the cut on the 80.5 million.
This is a direct threat to the principle of free education, the foundation in Norwegian higher education.
A threat to one is a threat to all
ISU has issued a press release in conjunction with the state budget. Statement from the leader of ISU, Abbas Sharif is available here.
The organisation has a clear policy that the principle of free education is one of the cornerstones of Norwegian higher education. Last year, the government proposed a study of tuition fees for international students in order to implement this, but Parliament opposed the proposal. The government now takes a rematch.
We oppose against this proposal. We hope for a good cooperation with our member kind, cooperating organisations and the rest of the sector. We hope and believe that Venstre (Liberal Party) and KrF (Christian Democratic Party) again will make sure to preserve the principle of free education.
This is a direct threat to the principle of free education, the foundation in Norwegian higher education. A threat to one is a threat to all.
Read the Press release from ISU leader Abbas Sharif in the link below.
Statement in support of the Iranian international students in Norway, September 2014
Restricitve visa policy based on nationality and the choice of study programme is both disempowering and discrimenatory in all its form, ISU says. ISU calls for a constructive dialogue between the academic institutions, the government and the official student organisations, facilitating the creation of a safe and very predictable legal framework for the Iranian students who want to study in Norway.
Read more in the link.
International Leadership Meeting, May, 2014.
The leaders of the ISU-Norway met on a weekend workshop in Gjøvik. The meeting was filled with many discussions, presentations, and other core ISU activities according to intensive ISU-Norway agenda.
It was the second Leadership Meeting this year. You can find the presentations of the local branches in the LNU section accessible in the menu on the left of the page.
Read more also in the post at GUC News archive.
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Demonstration against tuition fees, November 25h, 2013
Students gather at "Stortinget" in Oslo to demonstrate against tuition fees. International Officer at NSO and ISU National President Abbas Ahdal Sharif speak to the student radio "Radio Nova" about the possible consequences on higher education in Norway. Please see the below link for more information:
Solberg: Norway needs smart foreigners, November 12th, 2013.
Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, wants to make it easier for highly-qualified workers to immigrate to Norway. Her plans include accelerated immigration procedures for qualified experts, and allowing pre-approved employers to jump the queue. Solberg hopes that this will allow Norway to attract higher-quality international talent. Read the article in The Local online magazine. January 8th, 2014.
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ISU Norway opposes the proposal for the introduction of tuition fees in Norway for international students from outside the EU and EEA
Last week the government announced a proposal to consider the introduction of tuition fees for international students. ISU Norway takes a particular exception to this development and calls on all student organisations, partners and stakeholders to cooperate to discuss and highlight the consequences this proposal will have on Norwegian universities, Norwegian society and businesses, should it be implemented. ISU Norway calls on the Government to abandon this proposal as this proposal not only puts a dent to the equal opportunities and rights to education policy embodied into the Norwegian society and system, but it’s also discriminatory, given that Norway is hailed world-wide as custodians of human rights and free education. Read more in the press release. November 12th, 2013.
A New National Board of International Students’ Union of Norway, October 5th, 2013.
The new board was elected on 20th of October during its annual National Assembly, which was kindly hosted by Oslo and Akerhus University College of Applied Science. As usual National Assembly was a great opportunity get together delegates and observers from most of the universities and university collages of Norway, exchange ideas and experiences, get to know each other, solve ongoing issues.
See the new board presentation at our National Board page, or read the full press release. October 20th, 2013.
Abbas Sharif, ISU Norway President, emphasises the shared belief between NSO (Norsk studentorganisasjon) and ISU Norway in representing the interests of students in Norway
At NSO's National Executive Committee (1) 27th – 29th September 2013, Abbas Sharif, ISU Norway President, emphasised about the great benefits to both organisations and strengths of working together towards their shared belief in representing the interests of students, making a real difference to the lives of students and member students' organisations, collective organisation and democratic participation on campuses. Read more in the attached news item. October 5th, 2013.
Abbas Sharif, ISU Norway President, promises closer cooperation than before at NSO (Norsk studentorganisasjon) KICKOFF 2013
ISU NORWAY participated in NSO's KICKOFF 2013 conference of the representatives of the organisation and partner organisations held at Jessheim on 9th and 11th of August. The aim of the conference was to bring together NSO, ISU Norway and interested organisations with the inspiration to have the best possible cooperation, the tools to embark to the new academic year and put together joint plans for cooperation in the future. Read more in the attached news item. August 7th, 2013.
Survey: Perspectives of International Student Migrants in Norway
Dear current International Students in Norway!June 6th, 2013.
ISU Norway kindly asks you to follow the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/intstudents with questionnaire about the perspectives and experiences of international student in Norway.
The survey is anonymous. The report will help ISU understand the positives and negatives of studying in Norway and better formulate a policy that represents the views of all international students in Norway.
Thank you all 🙂
June 6th, 2013.
ISU Norway Team in Aarhus Case Competition 2013
On April 8th, members from ISU Norway Daniel Hernández Iniesta (ISU Stavanger, Spain), Louise Porup Alstrup (ISU Harstad, Denmark) and Ajmal Hafeez (ISU Agder, Pakistan) participated in the business case competition "Aarhus Case Competition" that was held in Aarhus (Denmark). Aarhus Case Competition is an annual competition for Nordic business students. During the ACC week, the participating teams will have to solve two introductory cases and one extensive 30-hour case (in Aspire Case Camp it is only 24 hours), and present this to top professionals.
Daniel, Louise and Ajmal have been selected as one of the 9 teams out of 50 applicants from Nordic countries.
They were the only team selected from Norway and have participated as representing ISU Norway.
The aim of the competition is to offer students an inspiring experience and an opportunity to develop their business skills. The participation has been extremely positive in terms of team work, and learning from other participants, as well as improving leadership skills and talent development from the assistance of different workshops by Quartz+Co, Deloitte and Arla, the seminar "Talent Development" by Rasmus Ankersen (Professional Talent coach) and Jais Valeur (Executive Vice President of Arla). Aarhus Case Competition has created a friendly environment of cooperation between all participants. ISU Norway team have explained the importance of international students and the work ISU Norway and the local branches are doing towards a positive integration in Norway. Morten Andreassen (Head Coordinator at Aarhus Case Competition 2013) expressed that the organizing committee enjoyed ISU Norway’s participation. The three members of the team delivered great solutions, and improved a lot throughout the week. Furthermore they have shown eagerness to learn, networking with others and in general create a great atmosphere for all of the participants.
May 6th, 2013.
Integration of international Students in Norway Resolution Adoped by the Norwegian Students Organisation’s Convention in 2013
As one of the closest partners of the Norwegian Student Organisation(NSO), International Student’s Union of Norway participated as an observer at NSO’s National Convention 2013, that was held in Tonsberg from 11th – 14th April.
ISU Norway introduced the resolution calling for more to be done on Integration of International Students in Norway. The Resolution believes that international students should enjoy equal opportunity Regardless of their race, religion, gender or social background.
• Free tuition fees for all international students: NSO Leadership to continue its campaign for free higher education.
• Facilitate social integration through more inclusive education of both Norwegian and international students, as well as better and more allocation of housing and language courses offered to the laughter.
• Liberalized training and employment policies and Regulations enable two international student two Maximize their exposure two Norwegian society and culture through internships and employment.
Read the full resolution for more. April 21st, 2013.
ISU-Norway is against application and tuition fees for international students
In recent times, the press has carried reports about alleged proposals to introduce tuition fees and application charges on International Students intending to study in Norwegian Universities.
This has been mainly due to the fact that both Denmark and Sweden have introduced tuition fees for international students.
The events in Sweden have triggered agitation among political parties and a minority of notable student organisations for Norway to follow the example of Sweden. Some have actually gone to the extent of proposing the introduction of student application fees for international students!
Read the press release for more. March 8th, 2013.
ISU NORWAY AT NSO Ls 3 February 08th–10th 2013
ISU Norway participated in the Norwegian Student Organisation’s (NSO) just ended Ls 3 (3rd General Delegates Meeting) at Thon Hotel, Halden. NSO is ISU’s closest working partner and ISU has an observer status to all NSO’s board meetings. In attendance were delegates from all the Higher institutions in Norway, partner organisations, Trustees, National Board and Workers from the NSO secretariat. On the whole, it was a very productive weekend with very positive and progressive deliberations. The main issue that concerned ISU Norway was the International Platform. NSO reaffirmed its commitment to free education indicating that "Higher education should be the overall responsibility of the state, and the state should ensure a society that is not characterised by social and economic class distinctions. The introduction of tuition fees will make education available to the elite, not the masses. It is not an end in and of itself that everyone pursue higher education, but everyone should have the same opportunity to do so, regardless of social and economic status. Education is a powerful tool to ensure social mobility and the introduction of tuition fees will weaken the principle of equal opportunity."
Read the full story. February 14th, 2013.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
ISU wishes you all the best in 2013!
ISU Stavanger triumphs elections for the student parliament at University of Stavanger
In the recent election for the Student Parliament of the University of Stavanger (UiS), ISU Stavanger managed to get two representatives elected: Daniel Hernández Iniesta and Kristina Anette Vaeng. Now that ISU Stavanger is in the Student Parliament it is aim is to represent and speak on behalf of all students and raise issues concerning the general welfare of the student masses. In addition to this, the representatives from ISU Stavanger will be especially concerned with internationalization and the political and welfare rights of international students studying in Stavanger, this includes issues such as living conditions, accessible campus with all necessary information in English and social interaction and integration between Norwegian and International students. Read more: ISU STAVANGER TRIUMPHS ELECTIONS FOR THE STUDENT PARLIAMENT AT UNIVERSITY OF STAVANGER, November 25th 2012.
ISU Norway elects new National Board 2012/2013
On 21st October the International Students’ Union held its annual National Assembly, which was kindly hosted by University of Bergen. National Assembly marks a great event for all delegates and observers, not only because it is a great platform to gather international youth and exchange ideas and experiences, visions, solve current issues and welcome new branches, but also to elect a new National Board. The elections were presided by former ISU Norway Presidents, Eton Williams and Farshad Tami. They took particular care that all election procedures and Constitutional provisions were followed. This resulted in a new National Board of five:
National President: Sharif Abbas Ahdal - UK (University of Tromsø)
1st Vice President: Lusine Harutyunyan - Armenia (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
Vice President of Public Relations: Iuliia Vinnik - Ukraine (Telemark University College)
Vice President of Union Development: Francis Jagri – Ghana (University of Agder)
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Welfare: Glennda Villaflor – Philippines (University of Tromsø)
Read more: ISU-Norway elects new National Board, and A story on new branches
October 25th 2012.
ISU-Norway Meets with Ministry of Education and Research
John Ganyo, the National President of ISU-Norway accompanied by Jorid Martinsen, Officer of Welfare and Equality of NSO, and by Isaac Wanasolo, Secretary for Academic Affairs and Welfare of ISU-Norway met with the delegation of the Ministry of Education and Research of Norway - Ragnhild Setsaas, State Secretary for the Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen, responsible for policies related to research and higher education and Ingebrigt Holmen, financial adviser to discuss many issues relevant for the well-being and general situation of the international students in Norway. Among the issues were the increase in English medium courses/internationalisation, increase in Quota scheme beneficiaries, residence permits/renewals, discussion of ISU financial situation and the future, and housing guarantee. Please read more details here:
Minutes from the meeting with Ministry of Education,
read also: Memo to Ministry of Education, October 17th 2012.