Tuition fees have been in effect at the university in eastern Finland on a trial basis for a year. Initial results have been good, in Pöyhönen's view. He says the university has received more able students as a result of the tuition fees.
“It appears that we are receiving more highly motivated students than before. The number of applicants dropped slightly but, at the same time, the qualifying level of students increased,” explains Pöyhönen.
He believes tuition fees for all non-EU students should be introduced at other Finnish universities.
Currently the cost of one year of academic studies for a non-EU/EEA student at the Lappeenranta University of Technology costs from 7,000 to 8,000 euros. Some students from outside the EU and the EEA who have a right to permanent residence in Finland are exempt from the fees.