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Successful enrolment figures for 2011

November 01, 2011
The final figures are in and annual enrolment figures for higher education are up 10 per cent compared to 2010. As such, Denmark moves a step closer to acheiving the government's objective of 60 percent of a youth cohort receiving a higher education.

Around 59,600 young people enrolled in higher education this year, with about 32,000 of those enrolling in short or medium cycle higher education and almost 27,600 enrolling in long cycle higher education.

– We need many highly educated graduates in the future. I am therefore delighted that a record number of young people decided to enrol in higher education this year. The Government has an objective of 60 per cent of a youth cohort receiving higher education, says Higher Education Minister Morten Østergaard.
– To achieve the objective we must create more synergy between different courses. That is why we have chosen to gather all higher education in one ministry.  I want to focus on improving educational quality and removing dead-ends in the education system.  Together it will help reduce drop-out rates and provide more graduates, which Denmark needs.

All educational institutions calculate the number of new students as of October 1st. The figures take into account those students who have rejected an offer, and those students who have enrolled on one of the available places or from the standby lists. Around 4,000 applicants rejected an offer this year, whereas around 6,100 enrolled from standby lists or on an available place.

The new calculations show an enrolment increase of 4 per cent since initial figures were released in July.

Higher Education Minister Morten Østergaard can be contacted via press officer Charlotte Holst, tel: +45 2211 0200 or email: chhh@fivu.dk.

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