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  1. avatar Dr. Minorka

    What are the underlying reasons? Changing demography? Young people do not want to go to university? Cuts in budgets?

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    I think the universities and government agencies are unsure about the causes. It’s a general phenomenon – all universities and subjects are affected to some degree.

    Theoretically, the number of applications should be increasing as the cohorts of the late 1980s are relatively large. This makes it more likely that we are dealing with conscious choices by the 18-25 year-olds – maybe the employment situation is getting better and young people choose to work instead of studying.

    (I should note that Swedish – as well as Danish – universities receive grants relative to the number of students starting and finishing courses, so when the number of students decrease, funds decrease as well).

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