The demographic trends in Europe of the increase in life expectancy while is good news, it has also been a subject of concern for some time for most European governments and economists. The trend shows while there may be a small increase in the overall Population and that too largely migration driven, the working category is declining.
Simultaneously, the ageing population is increasing at a higher rate. The larger ageing population presents many challenges to an economy. This leads to more stress on the working population and its ability to provide the continuum of growth for the economythus increasing the pressure on public expenditure.
Europe currently comprises of 50 Countries with a population of over 500 million.
As many as 24 European countries are conscious that there is a need to ensure that their local Skilled Workforce is maintained and developed through education. In addition, they also need to attract an educated, smart and skilled workforce from other countries enabling them to counteract the decline in their working population and provide for their ageing segment of the population.
And therein lies the good news for International students that are looking for options to gain work experience after their course completion. Countries such as Germany France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and others have set up a policy framework to attract International students. The Government funded universities all have typically low tuition fees. In many countries, at the end of the study programmes, students have the option to stay back for a defined period, for example, France allows students to stay back for a year to find jobs, provided these are in the skill shortage areas.
University of Bologna is one of oldest dating back to 1088 followed by University of Paris and then of course there other universities such as Oxford and Cambridge that followed in the 11th and 12th centuries. The Scandinavian countries are also well-known for their education. The first universities like Uppsala and Lund came up in 1425. Austria and Germany had technology universities very early on in 16th and 17th centuries.
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