Supplementary education helps foreign academics enter the labor force
A recent report from the National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) indicates that foreign academics who supplement their education by completing qualifying courses in Sweden improve their opportunity to find employment relevant to their educational level.
Six years ago, a decision of the government then in power, was specially directed to education needs of foreign academics such as teachers and nurses. Participating in this government campaign were Linköping University, Malmö University and Borås College. The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has assessed the efforts and issued a report.
A survey indicated that most of those who supplemented their foreign degrees to meet the Swedish professional requirements found relevant work.
At LiU the supplementary education has been focused on the teaching profession. Nearly all of those who responded to the survey believed the supplementary courses to have improved their employment prospects in Sweden. They have a Swedish certificate that they are teachers and have developed a contact network through the training program in schools.
What's more the course aided their development in the Swedish language and those fundamental values that the Swedish educational system is built on.
But the Agency's report also shows the complexities of job procurement by foreign academics. The universities and colleges need to factor in language support, trainee posts, study and vocational guidance. The fact remains that it is more difficult for a foreign academic than a Swedish one to secure a job corresponding to his or her level of education.
Last updated: 2009-06-03