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Government increases student places

The Swedish government is to increase the number of student places in universities by 5,000 before 2018, it has announced.

In an announcement in the country’s spring budget, published on 15 April, the government said it would add 1,000 extra student places in 2015, rising to 5,000 by 2018. Many of the places will be in the fields of teacher training, nursing and social care, the government said.

The government will also provide 125 million Swedish kronor (€13.5m) to strengthen teaching quality in universities in 2015, rising to kr250m per year between 2016 and 2018, the statement said. The money will be used to improve quality across the humanities, social sciences and teacher education.

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