The University of Iceland (HÍ) will offer 35 courses next summer for students that otherwise would face unemployment and up to 100 exams will take place next fall so that students can use these courses to speed up their graduation.
Inside the University of Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Rector of HÍ Kristín Ingólfsdóttir and Minister of Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir presented these plans in a press conference yesterday, also announcing an ISK 50 million (USD 385,000, EUR 297,000) increase in funds from the ministry to HÍ so that these plans can be executed, Fréttabladid reports.
“We are very pleased with this solution and the students are pleased as well,” Ingólfsdóttir told reporters. “I’d also like to add that companies and institutions have pitched ideas for courses and offered voluntary teachers.”
These courses would be in addition to the 35 courses already announced. Students were consulted on what kind of courses should be offered. Their subjects will be announced shortly. Distance learning is also being considered.
Jakobsdóttir had earlier increased the state’s contribution to the Student Loan Fund (LÍN) by ISK 660 million (USD 5.1 million, EUR 3.9 million) to help students cope with imminent unemployment next summer.
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