Applicants have on average applied for three higher education programs

Short list of priorities in education search concerns Minister. There is a deadline for quota 1 search on Sunday.

It is a concerned Minister of Education and Research who looks at the preliminary figures for this year’s applications for higher education.

Although eight priorities can be applied for, the higher education provisional applicants on average have applied for 2.6 programs on their priority list.

That is too little, says the minister, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen (S), who recalls that one can still search wider.

The battle for the seats is likely to be sharper this year as more people are expected to seek education because of the corona crisis.

– I fear in the light of the corona crisis that many young people are looking for education. And if there is no wider search, we will reject many, says Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen.

There was a deadline for quota 2 search in March, and here 5066 applied more than last year.

In total, approximately 85,000 have applied for higher education through quota 2 or quota 1 applications.

At Dansk Erhverv, Head of Education Policy Mads Eriksen shares the Minister’s concern.

He is one of those who has predicted greater pressure in the search.

– There are a lot of roads leading to Rome in the education system. In most programs there are many alternatives. We definitely want to encourage the young people to be a little creative and get guidance, says Mads Eriksen.

Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen recognizes that, as such, it is fairly normal to only seek two to three priorities. But when more seats are expected this year than usual, consider broadening your horizon.

– My only message is that there will be more pressure on the seats, and if you want to be sure to get a seat, you should consider putting a few more options on.

Question: But isn’t there a risk that you end up in an education or in a place you really don’t want, and you end up dropping out and creating bigger dropouts?

– I only encourage you to look in the direction you are interested in and may see yourself wanting to work with. But most people are interested in several different things, says Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen.

/ Ritzau /