– It's great for us that we see this increase. That many apply for higher education is of course the effect of the economic downturn, but also a result of our active student recruitment work. I am very proud of the initiative that is currently being taken by our employees who, with great creativity, adjust to digital working methods, says Mia Oldenburg, head of Student Affairs at Luleå University of Technology.
The largest increase in first-hand applications is seen among the programmes within Engineering, Health Sciences and Social Sciences. The programmes with outstanding figures are the Master programme in Space Engineering, the Preparatory Programme in Technology, Fire Protection Engineer, the Bachelor Programme in Digital Service Innovation and the Bachelor Programme in System Science (distance). The programmes within Health Sciences increase 12 per cent compared to last year.
– Our increase is 9 per cent compared to last year. But if we exclude the programmes not given this year, the increase is 13 per cent, says Mia Oldenburg.
In total, 30, 141 people applied for the study programmes and courses which start this fall and closed their application on April 15th.
Follows the national trend
The great interest in higher education is national and more than 407,000 applications has been received, which is an increase of 13 percent compared to last year. Karin Röding, Director-General of the Swedish Council for Higher Education, says in a press release, that this could be an effect of the coronavirus and that it is expected and positive that more people choose higher education in times of economical recession.