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Engineering intake on the rise at Aarhus University

The deadline for applications for admission to higher education programmes in Denmark expired on 5 July. Never before have so many applied for admission to engineering degree programmes in Aarhus.

2015.07.09 | Kim Harel

The corridors will be crowded at Navitas, Hangøvej, Katrinebjerg and Herning. A total of 991 young people ticked an engineering degree programme at Aarhus University as their first priority, of which 892 go to AU Engineering, Science and Technology, and 99 to Aarhus BSS. (Photo: Jesper Rais, Aarhus University)

This year, AU Engineering received 892 first priority applications for BEng degree programmes via quota 1. This is an increase of 21 per cent compared with the number of applications received by the university in 2014.

Aarhus University received 9,385 applications altogether, which is an increase of five per cent for the same period.

“We can see a shift in the application field, with more students choosing engineering degrees as their first priority. This is encouraging, and I’m relieved to be able to pass on the news to Danish companies that have been waiting anxiously,” says Conni Simonsen, director of the Aarhus University School of Engineering.

The increase in the number of applications for admission to the twelve BEng degree programmes is also expected to result in more applications in a few years for admission to the university’s nine MSc in Engineering degree programmes.


Progress, but still a lack of engineers
According to a new projection of supply and demand trends carried out by the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Denmark will have a shortage of 10,000 engineers ten years from now.

Thomas S. Toftegaard, head of the Department of Engineering, therefore welcomes the trend in the young people’s pattern of applications for admission to higher education programmes. However, he emphasises that the increasing enrolments in engineering degree programmes are far from sufficient to solve the problem of a lack of engineers in Denmark.

“Compared with other OECD countries, Denmark is not doing well when we look at the percentage of a year group applying for engineering degree programmes. We need to reverse this pattern, and it’s a prerequisite for meeting the demand for labour in the business sector,” he says.

Aarhus University is a partner in Engineer the future (website in Danish only), which is making targeted efforts for a period of three years to get more young people interested in science and engineering.

Read more about Aarhus University’s participation in Engineer the future (in Danish only).

Diversification in the application field ensures placement for many students
The increase in the number of applications for engineering degree programmes is distributed across the different disciplines, and this is good news for the many young people waiting for approval of student placements, according to Conni Simonsen.

“The application field and the increased number of applications are distributed evenly between the different degree programmes. This means that we avoid major bottlenecks. We’re currently doing everything possible to find placement for as many students as possible,” she says.

However, she cannot deny that the university will reject some young people with dreams of becoming an engineer, and that the final distribution of places will not be complete until the end of the month.

More students want to study engineering in Herning
The most popular choices this year are degree programmes in architectural, chemical and mechanical engineering, but the greatest increase is in the electronics engineering degree programme in Herning.

A completely new teaching method has been implemented in this programme, and it is the first engineering degree in Denmark to be offered completely online for remote students as of August 2015.

Read more about the online degree programme in Herning (in Danish only).

Aarhus University has registered the greatest overall increase of all the universities in Denmark in first priority applications for engineering degree programmes in 2015.

Background information

See a list of Coordinated Enrolment System (KOT) applications distributed by faculty and subject at Aarhus University (download PDF file in Danish only).

Contact AU Engineering

Director Conni Simonsen, Aarhus University School of Engineering

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