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Education Minister: No Tuition Fee for Uni of Iceland

By Iceland Review

Minister of Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir said it is out of the question to introduce a tuition fee to the University of Iceland (HÍ) to improve its financial situation. The university is receiving smaller contributions from the state, fewer grants but more students.

“We have to review the situation closely. We know that we have to save but be also have to take a look at the possibilities that we have,” Jakobsdóttir told Fréttabladid. “We have highly qualified individuals and we have to keep them onboard.”

“However, this is a government that doesn’t have much time for actions since it will only be in power until the elections [April 25], so I don’t assume people are expecting any significant changes in that time,” the minister said, adding:

“The first thing I will do is to look towards the Student Loan Fund (LÍN) and see whether the laws that apply to it can be reviewed and its arrangement changed without increasing expenses,” Jakobsdóttir explained.

Jakobsdóttir celebrated her 33rd birthday on Sunday, the day on which the new government was announced, and is the cabinet’s youngest minister. “It is a very strange feeling to be suddenly in charge of a field with everyone who taught me what I know.”

“Now I have to think about how I can best serve this field,” Jakobsdóttir concluded.

Click here to watch a video of the government being appointed and here to read more about the new government.

Photo originally published on the website of the Ministry of Education.

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