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Pro-rector at Aalborg University Anne Marie Kanstrup. Photo: Claus Søndberg

FEWER NEW AAU STUDENTS FOR SEPTEMBER

Nationwide, the entire university sector is experiencing a decline in the number of applicants being offered a place in higher education. The same applies to AAU which yesterday night offered 3780 applicants a study place, a decrease of 13 percent compared to 2018. Small year groups are on the horizon, so the coming years will require extensive recruitment work.

By Jeannette Bylov, AAU Communication. Translated by LeeAnn Iovanni, AAU Communication. Illustration: Søren Emil Søe Degn. Photo: Lars Horn

Wednesday night, 3780 applicants were offered a study place in one of AAU's bachelor and professional bachelor programmes in Aalborg, Copenhagen and Esbjerg. Compared to last year, this is a decrease of 571 new students or 13.1 percent.

The decline reflects a general trend across the university sector. The reason is presumably a mixture of the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in an extraordinary number of applicants and admissions, in addition to a tendency that more young people now again appear to be taking more than one gap year.

In a press release issued last night, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science writes that the decline is unfortunate, but expected:

- For many years, we have had record admissions after record admissions. We have to get used to the fact that this no longer be the norm. Young people are already in high demand due to record-high employment, and we are looking at a number of years of declining year groups. Opportunities are open to young people, and this is very positive, says Minister for Higher Education and Science Jesper Petersen.

Pro-rector at Aalborg University Anne Marie Kanstrup is delighted with all the applicants who had AAU on their wish list. At the same time, she is also considering future recruitment work when the small year groups will be starting their education.

- I am fully aware that we have significant work ahead of us to attract applicants to AAU in the coming years with the small year groups. There’s a battle for talented young people. The primary goal is not for Aalborg University to grow larger, but we must ensure that we can continue to attract qualified applicants to our degree programmes that are relevant to society, says Anne Marie Kanstrup.

PSYCHOLOGY AND MEDICINE ARE STILL POPULAR

Not surprisingly, this year certain degree programmes reappear on the list of the five programmes with the highest average at AAU. Psychology tops the list with a cut-off grade of 10.1 where 179 were offered a study place

This year, 187 were offered a place in the medical programme, with the cut-off grade in Medicine this year landing at 10.0.

TOP 5:

  • Psychology – 10.1
  • Medicine – 10.0
  • Communication and Digital Media (Copenhagen) – 8.4
  • Medicine with Industrial Specialisation – 8.3
  • Law – 8.2

- It’s very good to once again get confirmation that we have a very sought-after medical programme where demand for study places is high. We had to reject 1686 qualified applicants for the medical programme this year. This is unfortunate when Northern Jutland needs more doctors. Studies show that about 80 percent of medical students choose to stay in Northern Jutland after graduation, Anne Marie Kanstrup explains.

NEW PROGRAMMES ATTRACTING YOUNG PEOPLE

In recent years, AAU has created new degree programmes that seem to be a draw for young people. In Copenhagen, the Bachelor's programme in Cyber and Computer Technology, which opened last year, has seen an increase of 24 percent. This corresponds to 31 applicants being offered a study place this year. In the brand new Bachelor's programme in Sustainable Building Processes in Copenhagen, 19 people received an offer of admission. Of those, 11 were women.

- We are constantly working to adapt our education portfolio so that the university can offer degree programmes that society needs. I am thus very pleased at the high number of applications to the newest programmes in Cyber and Computer Technology and Sustainable Building Processes. These skills are in demand. So it’s gratifying to see that the two new programmes have gotten off to such a good start," says Anne Marie Kanstrup.

SSH, STEM AND IT

At AAU, we offer 52 degree programmes that can be defined as STEM programmes. This year, 266 fewer people will be admitted to STEM programmes compared to last year, a decrease of 12.9 percent. At the new SSH faculty, 1826 prospective students were offered admission. That's a decrease of 242 compared to 2021, which equates to an 11.7 percent decrease. In the IT programmes, 899 prospective students were offered admission. This is 137 fewer than last year and a decrease of 13.2 percent.

FACTS

Offer of study place at AAU:

For the 28 July 2022 intake, admission will be offered to 3,780 prospective students. Admission will be offered to all qualified applicants on 63 out of 76 degree programmes, which corresponds to 82.9 percent of the programmes offered. In 2021, Aalborg University offered admission to all qualified applicants in 54 out of 76 degree programmes, which corresponds to 71.1 percent of the programmes offered.

First priority admissions at Aalborg University:

As of 5 July 2022, Aalborg University received a total of 4,306 first priority applications, which corresponds to 33.5 percent of the total number of applications. In 2021, Aalborg University received a total of 5,129 first priority applications, which corresponds to 32.3 percent of the total number of applications.

DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF STUDY PLACES OFFERED

By faculty:

  • At the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, admission was offered to 1,826 prospective students, a decrease of 242 people or 11.7 percent compared to 2021.
  • At the Faculty of Medicine, 391 prospective students were offered admission, a decrease of 20 persons or 4.9 percent compared to 2021
  • At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, 655 prospective students were offered admission in 2022. That equates to a 16.6 percent drop, which is 130 fewer people compared to 2021.
  • At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, admission was offered to 908 prospective students, a decrease of 16.5 percent. This means that this year admission was offered to 179 fewer compared to 2021.

DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF STUDY PLACES OFFERED

By campus:

  • The Aalborg campus offered admission to 3,279 prospective students, a decrease of 13.9 percent equating to 530 fewer people than in 2021.
  • The Esbjerg campus offered admission to 107 prospective students, a decrease of 14.4 percent equating to 18 fewer people than in 2021.
  • The Copenhagen campus offered admission to 394 prospective students, a decrease of 5.5 percent equating to 23 fewer people than in 2021.