Focus on keeping the international students in Denmark

The Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science has given three million Danish Kroner to five projects that aim to keep international students in Denmark – for the benefit of the businesses that need more manpower.

One of the five projects, which have been supported, is going to be implemented in cooperation between Zealand Institute of Business and Technology, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology and Copenhagen Business Academy.

International students, who complete a higher education in Denmark, represent a valuable and qualified labour force that can handle many of the assignments that the Danish businesses need solved.

This is the reason why The Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Esben Lunde Larsen in October sat aside three million Danish Kroner to keep the international graduates in Denmark:

“We spend a lot of money on educating international students and it makes sense if they stay in Denmark and work when they finish their education. It can for example be in the rural area where many businesses require qualified labour. That is the reason why it is so vital that educational institutions cooperate with local businesses, so the international students get to be in touch with the businesses while they study. That is one of the aims of the projects,” says Esben Lunde Larsen.

Better labour market integration in Denmark

One of the five projects, which have been supported, is going to be implemented in cooperation between the three educational institutions Zealand Institute of Business and Technology, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology and Copenhagen Business Academy.

The purpose of this project is to give students an opportunity to be in continuous contact with businesses that need labour and to make the transition from studying to working easier and more successful.

“We already do much to integrate the international students – for example by strengthening the cooperation between them and Danish students and offering language courses, traineeship and help to find accommodation. But we would like to do even more and in this connection it is natural for us to make an extra effort to help our students in the transition from study life to employee and make the international students more visible for businesses that need qualified labour, so we become better at labour market integration in Denmark,” tells Jørgen Heramb, who is Head of Zealand Institute of Business and Technology Køge.

The centre of rotation of the project is that the international students gain a professional network in Denmark, get to know the Danish labour marked and learn to navigate in it.

”Many of the international students with useful qualifications wish to stay and contribute to our society and projects like this aim to help them join the Danish labour market and remain there. The competition for the global talents is tough, so it is important that we do something extra together with the businesses and other stakeholders,” says Jørgen Heramb.

The external partners are Køge Kommune, Væksthus Sjælland, PROSA, Copenhagen Capacity, Dansk Erhverv, Dansk Industri (Global Talent), Tænketanken DEA, Vidensby Lyngby and Work in Denmark.