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Hiroshi Ota, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

A four-week language program is like a four-week diet program. You work very hard for four weeks, that’s good. But when you return, you rebound. I’m more interested now in developing programs where students can actually practise: service learning, volunteering, training.

University tuition across Europe: to fee or not to fee?

Free university tuition may sound like a worthy model but the question of whether or not it’s the best way to attract and keep foreign talent is never too far from public debate. As Finland’s plans to introduce fees take hold this year, Beckie Smith looks at current and former fee-free countries to see what the future may hold for this ideal.


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