Additional 900 million DKK for higher education due to more students

The government has allocated 900 million DKK in the finance bill for the record number of students in higher education. The Minister for Higher Education has welcomed the large intake, which will be fully funded with the additional money, according to the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education in a press release.

In 2012 a record number of students were admitted onto higher education courses. The government has therefore set aside an additional 900 million DKK in 2013 for students in higher education. This means that the additional intake will be fully funded.

Minister for Higher Education, Morten Østergaard, emphasizes that the money will help to ensure that the quality and level of education is retained, even if the record number of new students means that institutions must expand capacity.

- It is very gratifying that we are admitting more students than ever before to higher education. This is fully in line with the government's ambitious education strategy which aims to create renewed growth, welfare and prosperity in Denmark. The record admissions will also result in greater spending within education. With the finance bill, the government has found the money to cover the extra burden on educational institutions and student grant expenses (SU) in 2013, so the record intake is fully funded - rather than making cuts elsewhere in the education system, says Morten Østergaard.

Of the 900 million DKK allocated in 2013, about 600 million has been earmarked for this extra burden on higher education establishments and for the associated student grants (SU).