Why all the love?

More young people than ever before aspire to have a higher education globally. At the same time, governments are underfunding public higher education and student financial aid, and the cost-bearing of higher education has shifted from the state to the students. With this campaign SAIH seeks to make access to higher education a priority in Norway's development aid cooperation.

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Education is a right

Today students lack access to higher education due to high fees and unfair loan and scholarship schemes. Dag Inge Ulstein can work to change that!

Why the perfect match?

An important part of the Norwegian foreign aid is institutional partnerships, knowledge sharing and transfer on certain competencies where Norway has particular or in demand experience.

Lånekassen is a Norwegian institution with an exceptional degree of trust in the population. It was founded when Norway was not a rich country at all, and was set up to be to a large extent independent. It is one of the most digitized institutions in Norway, and has good systems for cooperation with many different institutions for information sharing about the debtors. It also has differentiated models for grants, paybacks, interest rates etc., and can help with modeling.

There are of course many countries that cannot afford the Norwegian model of loans- and grants, but Lånekassen has certain specifications that should be adaptable to many contexts. It is universal and independent - it is not linked to the institutions or the state, every student has the same access and relation to Lånekassa.

To ensure countries have the means to finance higher education we also advocate for combating capital flight and support countries in their efforts for better tax systems.

Finally, students must have access to quality higher education and academics must have the resources to carry out research. Knowledge production in the world today is not evenly distributed, and academics in low- and middle income countries have little access to research funds, which in turn diminishes the university’s ability to take its role in society as knowledge producer and students access to knowledge produced in their own context.

Lånekassen is an institution that has given all young people in Norway affordable and equal access to higher education. This is an opportunity all students should have, and Dag Inge Ulstein can help make that happen by teaming up with Lånekassen to build capacity for higher education.

Small steps Norway should take to improve access to higher education globally:

A “Lånekassen for utvikling”-programme is established
The program will provide a source of advice for developing countries’ national authorities, and SAIH's requirements for such a new initiative will be a focus on fair and universal scholarship and loan schemes for students.

Norway is a driving force in efforts to combat tax evasion and support countries in their efforts to mobilise national resources to finance higher education.
Countries could afford a more inclusive education system if taxation systems were well functioning and tax avoidance was hindered. Tax for Development is a tool that should be prioritized in Norwegian development and foreign policy.

15% of Norwegian aid is earmarked education by 2020
Education is the most important mean for countries to take responsibility for their own development. Earmarking enables more focus on higher education, without the need of downgrading the primary education in development policy.

Norwegian institutions of higher education increase their research collaboration with institutions of higher education in low- and middle income countries
Research is an integral part of developing societies and creating knowledge. Collaboration can contribute to capacity building of institutions in low- and middle-income countries, as well as insight and other perspectives for researchers in high-income countries.

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72 years of capacity building in Norway

One of the most trusted institutions in Norway, and full of knowledge on how to make higher education accessible to all.

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Power to make a change

Minister of development, Dag Inge Ulstein can make higher education a priority in Norway's development aid cooperation.


How do you spell education? T A X !

Nation states need a strong tax base in order to finance quality higher education for its citizens. Norway must prioritize the Tax for development programme.

Read our report

The report presents an overview of the effects the massification of higher education has had on equity of access, focusing on the current policy consensus of cost-sharing in higher education. It also briefly considers financing of higher education, grants and loan schemes for students and the privatization of higher education across the world and seeks to provide a critical and historical framework for understanding the difficulties that have arisen concerning access and equity.  It presents case studies of China, Colombia and South Africa, with a more detailed analysis and an emphasis on student loan and grant schemes.

What’s the situation in other countries?

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Want to do more?

Write Dag Inge or Lånekassa a love letter, hand it in to your SAIH local chapter, and we will deliver it to the right recipient for you.