Overseas Students are now flocking to Stockholm as per the latest report released by STAF – Stockholm Academic Forum. Their numbers have now reached around 10,000 that accounts for roughly 11% of the total student population. It is also a 20% increase in just the last 3 years.
The students from China are spearheading the development for the first time. They are followed closely by students from Finland, Germany, and France, as quoted by the Local SE.
Maria Fogelström Kylberg the CEO of STAF said that there are diverse factors that are responsible for this development. One among them is the alumni who return home and spread the word she added.
The survey held by STAF also attributes this to a mix of democratic values and culture in Sweden.
Sweden has a very unique democratic relationship between the teachers and students said STAF CEO. The equality amongst males and females is also a strong factor, she added. This is especially taking into consideration when it is not that obvious in other global areas, said Fogelström Kylberg.
The other strong factors that attract overseas students to Stockholm is that majority of them here speak English. They feel that they can live here actually and will enjoy a nice life quality. The city has a strong focus on the environment and is sustainable and clean.
The relatively low rate of crime in Sweden is another attractive factor for overseas students. Security definitely plays a role said Fogelström Kylberg. Many parents often weigh in on the destination choice as well and we must not forget this, she added.
Stockholm has a reputation for being a melting pot of innovation. It is complete with its thriving Start-up scene and its appeal is enhancing greatly. Most of the founders of Start-ups in Stockholm have received their education at the Universities here itself.
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