A total of 48,801 students had applied to attend Danish universities through Quota 2, dropping by 19.6 per cent compared to 2021, when the number of applicants reached a record high (60,718).
According to a press release issued by the Danish Education Ministry, application rates for 2022 are the lowest recorded in the last four years, when an average of 56,000 applicants were enrolled. Regarding the discrepancy, the authority blames COVID-19 for the rates, pointing out that fewer opportunities were available to students as all countries are facing financial difficulties.
“One reason for this [high applications records] was that the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the closure of institutions and numerous restrictions, made it difficult for people to take up jobs, to study abroad, or go on higher education placements abroad,”the press release reads.
Furthermore, as Erudera.com – the first AI-backed education search platform, explains, universities in Denmark offer students a study place that meets the academic requirements; however, in programs where the number of applicants is higher than the number of study places, Quota 1 and Quota 2 apply.
If a student’s grade point average (GPA) does not meet the criteria to apply through Quota 1, that applicant is eligible to apply throughout the other quota, which assessment is based on other academic qualifications.
Tertiary education institutions might have witnessed this drop in applicants due to an agreement that minimised the number of English-language higher education courses. According to Erudera, instead of courses taught in English, the authorities introduced a combined Danish-English degree, hoping this program would be equally accessible to students.
In addition, the Education Minister, Jesper Petersen, applauded the event and pointed out that such rates were expected for the year.
“With two record years in 2020 and 2021, when we created large number of extra study places, and at a time when the economy is booming, it was to be expected that we would see a lower number of applicants via Quota 2 this year,”the Minister claimed.
Data from the Ministry further shows that 29 per cent of all university students enrolled in 2021 were accepted via the Quota 2 system, while last year, 42 per cent of study places were offered throughout this system.
The total number of applicants for study places in Danish universities will be announced on July 5, which is also the deadline for applications based only on GPAs filed via Quota 1. In addition, all applicants will receive a decision regarding their application by July 28.
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