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Budget hones in on skills shortage

The Swedish government will spend 353 million Swedish kronor (€37m) in 2018 to expand university courses for professions including engineering and teaching.

In its budget proposal published on 20 September, the government said it would increase the number of study places in universities and university colleges by 4,300 in 2018. By 2023, funding would go up by kr730m and 7,800 study spaces would be created by this time, it said. 

This is part of a wider government plan to increase the number of places in all types of higher education institutions—including vocational schools and adult colleges—by 93,000. A total of kr10 billion will be spent on the so-called “skills boost” in 2018, the government said.

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