Biotechnology is the choice of young people from the Capital Region of Copenhagen

Courses in biotechnology were introduced in secondary schools in 2009 when 137 pupils signed up for them. By last year this number had increased to 632 pupils.

Now it seems that the number for this year will be at least as high, writes the Frederiksborg county newspaper (Frederiksborg Amts Avis).

This area of study was established as a pilot scheme in the Capital Region and it has proved to be a particularly popular choice among pupils studying science, and particularly among girls who make up 60 per cent of pupils in upper secondary schools.

The Higher Technical schools, such as the Higher Technical school of Northern Zealand, also offer biotechnology as a subject. Approximately 30 of their pupils are enrolled in this subject and they are experiencing an increased interest in it.

According to the Capital Region, 577 pupils have chosen to study biotech in the next school year. And this number will rise with the additional students at the Higher Technical schools.

Courses in biotechnology were introduced to ensure more jobs, and retain companies and not least qualified labour in the region.