Somehow this is a classic of early and mid-August: The admissions numbers and the grades needed to enter different programmes are announced and the yammering begins. Students who are not admitted to their #1 and only programme in Copenhagen complain (as they say: The distance from Odense to Copenhagen is shorter than the distance from Copenhagen to Odense) and discussion about admission quotas distorting applications take another round.
Now Danish Industry claims that the most sought after programmes (i.e. those with the highest quotas) also have the highest unemployment rates – okay, if DI had its way, there would only be law and engineering programmes at Danish universities and all humanities faculties should be shut immediately – but there is something strange about the published data as the three MD programmes as well as biomedicine are all on the list. As is “International Business”. We are always told that there is a shortage of doctors (and that Swedes take up places in Danish programmes) and that “life sciences” are a central growth sector, so something doesn’t add up here.
PS: No, that unemployment among PolSci/Public Administration candidates is higher than among economists and lawyers is nothing new. Economists and lawyers have a better defined labour market.