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Record numbers accepted for higher education aimed at the private sector

August 06, 2014
On 30 July, more than 64,000 people received word that they were admitted to a higher education programme. Especially the business academy programmes saw an increase in the intake numbers and contribute to a total intake number that surpasses the record from 2013.

On Wednesday 30 July, 64,397 new students were informed that they had been admitted to either a bachelor’s degree programme, a profession bachelor’s programme or a business academy programme.

This year’s intake on the higher education programmes is therefore one percent higher than at the same time last year where 63,525 applicants were admitted during the first round of admission. The increase in the number of students is in large part generated by programmes aimed at the private sector as, this year, the business academy programmes have admitted 10 percent more students than in 2013.

- We need to educate our youth for a future with jobs and opportunities, and not unemployment. In the future, far more people with a higher education programme will find work in private sector companies, and many of the young people have selected their education programmes based on the job opportunities. And with the large intake into programmes aimed at jobs in the private sector, we are on the right course, says Minister for Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

The academic bachelor’s programmes have an intake of approximately the same number of students as last year, while the intake at the professional bachelor’s programmes has decreased by one percent compared to the 2013 intake.

Still many available places

Despite the record intake number, there will however be some applicants who have not been admitted to the programme they applied for in this round of admission. A total of 24 percent of the applicants have not been admitted. This is approximately at the same level as in 2013. Roughly half of these does not have a sufficently high grade point average for the programme they applied for, while the other half was rejected e.g. because they did not meet the admission requirements or opted out themselves.

New applicants and unsuccessful applicants can apply for admission at the many available student places on the higher education programmes in the second round of admission. There are still available places on 45 percent of the programmes.

The Minister for Higher Education and Science advises unsuccessful applicants to look at other programmes similar to the programme they applied for.

- When the worst disappointment has subsided, I would strongly encourage students to take a look at one of the more than 400 programmes that still have available places and see if one of them could be a good alternative. There are many programmes within the same field, so it is just a question of broadening the application effort – maybe also geographically – to get into a programme within the desired field. You can also shape you education in a desired direction through the choice of work experience, study abroad option or courses and subjects at other branches of study, says Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

Higher education intake 2014

  • The total intake number of the first round of admission in 2014 is 64,397. This is an increase of one percent compared to 2013.
  • 30 July all applicants receive a response to their application. The Minister for Higher Education and Science publishes all key figures from the Danish Coordinated Application System on ufm.dk/optag.
  • Available places: Programmes still accepting applications for available places can be found via ufm.dk/optag/ledige-pladser.
  • 1 September most education programmes begin (a number of programmes do however begin on 1 February).
  • The result of the second round of admission and, hence, the final intake is announced in October. From July 30 and onwards to September, some applicants will decline the offered places, while others will apply for vacant places.

Applicants and intake in 2013

  • In 2013, the total number of applicants was 88,040
  • As of 30 July 63,525 applicants were offered a place on a higher education programme.
  • As of 1 October 2013, the final intake was 64,746.

For further information please contact:

Head of division for Analysis and Statistics, Jens Storm, tel.: 7231 7982, e-mail: jst@uds.dk

Head of Press, Peter Høyer tel.: 7231 8031 e-mail: phy@ufm.dk

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