Tann 31. august luttók MFS á ráðstevnu í Íslandi um hægri útbúgving. Ráðstevnan var í samband við árligu ráðstevnuna um góðskutrygging í Íslandi. Sum ein partur av ráðstevnuni var ein pallborðsfundur, har umboð frá nationalu lestrarfeløgunum í Danmark (DSF), Finlandi (SAMOK), Svøríki (SFS), Norra (NSO), Íslandi (LÍS) og Føroyum (MFS) luttóku.
Altjóða skrivari, Borgný Súsonnudóttir Hansen, luttók á ráðstevnuni sum umboð fyri MFS.
Lestrarfeløgini vóru biðin at fyrireika eitt “opening statement” til pallborðsfundin.
Niðanfyri kanst tú lesa “opening statement” frá MFS.
The topic of the panel is:
Relevance of Higher Education: the student perspective with special emphasis on student life in the West-Nordic Region and equality.
As I speak to you, the people of the Faroe Islands are voting for the governmental election and it is MFS’ hope that the upcoming government will prioritize the educational sector higher.
A well-educated society is a rich society and education is a good investment. It is therefore very important that all students have equal access to good financial prerequisites to undergo a full university degree, especially in rich regions like the West-Nordic countries, where living expenses are high.
Financial background should never determine whether or not the student has the means to get help, should the student not be able to cope with the increased demands. As important as it is to maintain physical health, it is equally important to maintain and protect our mental health. Students' mental health has become compromised. The increased demands can leave the students out of shape to graduate.
Furthermore, all individuals should have equal access to any educational programme, regardless of financial status, health, gender, race, sexual orientation, or any other external factors. It is our duty to tear down all perceived limitations, so that no one will feel like higher education is not a possibility for them. It is our belief that if we prioritize equal right to education, we’ll not only get the most motivated students but also the best suited once’s.
It is important that the West-Nordic Regions consider themselves as a unity instead of separate divisions. This way we can increase the level of the degrees that each university offers and have equal quality across borders. This means that we have to support each other but also set demands and be consistent when some of the universities do not fulfil their obligations.
Because when degrees are equal in quality, it increases mobility and life-long learning.
As nations we are different in size and this is also reflected in the number of programmes our universities offer. The Faroe Islands could never offer the same number of programmes as e.g. Sweden, and neither should we. Because of this, it seems more relevant for a nation of our size, to focus on having a handful of quality degrees to offer, rather than expand and focus on quantity. If we focus too much on quantity, it limits the quality-control. We always need to ensure the good quality of a program, before we expand.
On behalf of MFS, I would like to thank you for the chance to join this panel!