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Norway launches new project to retain its talented international students

Dagens Næringsliv

1 February 2013

PA’s Liza Nienova, IT expert, has been quoted in an article in Dagens Næringsliv about Norway’s struggle to retain its talented foreign students.

The article explains how Liza, originally from the Ukraine, came to Norway two-and-a-half years ago to study at The Norwegian School of Business and now works at PA Consulting Group’s office at Lysaker.

It points out that Liza is unusual in her choice to stay in Norway – 79% of her fellow students went back to their native countries. While Norway has had, at times, up to 15,000 international students in the country, very few stay on to live and work there after studying.

The piece goes on to explain how Tarje Bjørgum, Strategic Advisor in Abelia – Business Association of Norwegian Knowledge- and Technology-Based Enterprises, is working on a new project to map out international students in Norway. In March, Abelia will present a report advising the government on how it can encourage international talent to remain in the country.

The piece concludes with a quote from Liza, describing her positive experience of studying and working in Norway: “In the Ukraine not everything is 100 per cent fair.  And both in the Ukraine and the USA, the milieu is characterised by very keen competition. People mostly think of themselves. I like Norway better, because there is fairness here.  But the fact that everybody has equal privileges and opportunities does not mean that one does not have to work hard.  It means that one gets what one works for. Besides, I did not feel comfortable surrounded by pushy people. I have high ambitions, but would rather realise them as part of a group.”

PA Consulting Group in Norway

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