Over 64,000 young Danes woke up on Wednesday to the news that they had been accepted into their preferred higher education programme.
The ministry of higher education and science announced that 64,397 new students will be starting their bachelor’s degree, professional bachelor’s degree or business academy education in the autumn.
The number accepted into higher education represented a new record high, which is perhaps to be expected when the number of applicants also set a record.
The minister for higher education and research, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, said the record number of incoming students was largely due to a ten percent increase in business academy students.
“We need to educate our youth toward a future with jobs and opportunities, not unemployment. From here on out, a significant increase in people with a higher education will need to find jobs in the private sector, and many youth have selected their education programmes based on the job opportunities,” Nielsen said in a press release.
Traditionally popular educations that lead to jobs as teachers, pedagogues and careers in the arts saw a decrease, while more students were accepted into science, economics and business educations.
“With the large number of acceptances into educations aimed at jobs in the private sector, we are on the right course,” she added.
The 64,397 students accepted into an education was one percent higher than last year’s number. The 24 percent of applicants who did not get in to their chosen field of study is the same percentage as in 2013.
Nielsen encouraged those who did not get in to explore other opportunities.
“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 space and see if one of them could be a good alternative,” she said.