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Danish students finishing their studies faster

More are choosing scientific and technical courses

More Danish students are choosing to study nature sciences (photo: iStock)
December 6th, 2016 10:08 am| by Lucie Rychla
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A new report from the interest organisation Danske Universiteter has revealed that Danish students finish their university studies on average in 5.72 years, which is six months faster than in 2006.

In 2013, the government introduced a reform of the grant system that rewards students who finish faster, and the new figures suggest students are slowly responding to the policy objectives, contends Jesper Langergaard, the head of Danske Universiteter.

This year, the reform was further amended with a new target requesting that the average study period should be cut down by 4.3 months by 2020.

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Focus on science
The new study has also found that students are increasingly opting for scientific and technical educations with good job prospects.

Some 42 percent of all students at the eight Danish universities were enrolled on courses in natural sciences, engineering or health sciences, which is a 9 percent increase compared to 2007.

Last year, there were more bachelor graduates studying engineering and natural sciences (5,281) than humanities (5,244) for the first time in Danish history.

According to Langergaard, Danish students are being increasingly encouraged to choose natural sciences or technology disciplines in public school.