I am in the research and foundation stage of the new project that I am so happy to be coordinating!
"Det Internationale Elevcenter" is just about up and running!
And by that I mean that the center ALMOST has a logo...
It ALMOST has a webpage...
and it ALMOST has a coordinator that knows what she is doing on a daily basis!
I am afraid that the logo and webpage will be ready LONG before my knowledge base develops to the level that it needs to, but hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?!
One of my biggest tasks is to research what is ALREADY in place for the gymnasium-level students in Denmark. Rather than recreating the wheel, I want to tap into the internationalization that is already happening throughout the country and then build upon that.
The first item I have been researching (because I know so little about it) is S.U. (Statens Uddannelsesstøtte /The country's support for education) and the more I read.....
the more I sit here with my jaw dropped....
unable to fully comprehend how much Denmark's financial system is willing to invest in its students.
Which if you are a country whose #1 export is knowledge, it certainly makes sense.
Of course I knew that from age 18-25, a student can get a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, which allows many of them to not work (or not work too many hours) while they are studying. But now I am finding out that there is a great deal of money available to these same students who want to take part of their education abroad.
You want to take a semester in New Zealand or Japan as a part of your education?
Well finances are not going to be the reason that you don't go... The Danish government ensures that. In fact quite a large part of their information on SU actually encourages students to go abroad for part of their education.
THEY WANT their future work force to be internationally-minded with a global perspective and they are willing to invest tax dollars (I mean, kroner) to do it.
I am just amazed.
And cannot wait to start the "rådgivning" (advising) of Det Internationale Elevcenter with real live students.