Never before have so many been admitted to a higher education

The path to new knowledge and improved job opportunities has been cleared for a record-high number of young Danes. This Monday, a total of 60,537 coming students received a letter, affirming that they have been admitted to a higher education, writes the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

Compared to 2011, the intake at business academies, universities and university colleges will increase by seven, six and five per cent, respectively, shows the Ministry of Education’s statement.

The record-high number of applicants for higher educations in 2012 has subsequently manifested itself in record-high intake.

- The Government has announced an ambitious lift of the educational level, aiming at 60 per cent of young people obtaining a higher education by 2020, and today's record intake is obviously incredibly satisfying. Education is the best way for young people to gain knowledge, opportunities and employment, and well-educated young people is a significant component of ensuring Denmark’s future growth, prosperity and welfare, says Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard

Though more young people have applied, the number of rejected candidates has decreased by four per cent compared to last year, partly because applicants have broadened their search criteria geographically and professionally.

The institutions that take in significantly more students than in 2011 include Aalborg University, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen University College of Engineering, and the Business Academy Southwest in Esbjerg.

Engineering, IT educations, social sciences and business administration are among the fields with large increases in the number of new students.