Norwegian reading rooms are overcrowded, which probably is a good sign.. (Photo: Tonje Thilesen / Universitas)
Nearly 128,000 Norwegians have applied for higher education the coming fall. The record number represents 8,000 more than in 2014.
Overall, there are about 127,900 applicants to higher education in the school year of 2015-2016. This is about 8,000 more applicants than 2014 – an increase of nearly 7 percent.
In 2014, 120,000 people applied for higher education, which was about 3,000 more than in 2013.
The figures from The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) also demonstrate that new students choose an education that is needed by society, and show a marked increase in health sciences, natural sciences and teacher education.
According to Statistics Norway (SSB), recent projections demonstrate that Norway in coming years will be in lack of 35,000 health care workers with short higher education, 40,000 teachers and 3,000 engineers.
The SSB numbers document an increase of over 11 percent in science studies, close to 10 percent in health and social care education, and an increase of 8 percent of primary school teacher training.
Nursing and social care studies are very popular, with an increase of respectively 17 and 21 percent from last year.
The MBA program at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) ranks the list of most popular education.
In second place, and last year’s first, comes Law studies at the University of Oslo, followed by the Norwegian Police University College in Oslo and Law studies at the University of Bergen.
Full-time economic studies at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences has the highest number of applicants compared to capacity where 394 people are fighting for only 20 seats.
The Clinical program in Psychology at the University of Oslo is the second narrowest hurdle with 994 applicants is competing for 60 places.
During the school year 2013-2014, there were about 24,000 international students in Norway, compared to nearly 15,000 in 2010. Most of them come from European countries.
Text modified by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews