Education 30/7-14 9:09

Grades need to be better than perfect to get into university

Grades need to be better than perfect to get into university
Photo: Lars Juul Hauschildt
Tough to get in to the land of uni. Most popular study programme has nearly super-human admissions criteria
For the first time students need more than the top grade average of '12' to get into the most popular study programme. Five of the top ten admission grades are University of Copenhagen

The 'better than perfect' grade average is possible due to a quirk in the Danish education system. Students may multiply their grade average with a factor if they start their university programme less than two years after their exam, or if they have opted for high-level subjects.

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) dominate the list of programmes with the highest required grade point averages.

At the top with the quirky, at first glance super-human, grade average is 'International Business' at Copenhagen Business School, requiring the turbocharged 12.1.

Health and molecules

Not far behind is molecular biomedicine at the University of Copenhagen requiring a clean 12.

Third is 'International Business and Politics' at CBS - fourth is psychology at UCPH requiring 11.4 to get in. Sixth is medicine at UCPH.

A total of 64,397 young people will be starting their university education in Denmark in 2014.

Here is the link to the raw data with all the different study programmes.

UCPH tweeters are happy with the results, with some noticing that the University of Copenhagen has five out of the top ten 'most popular' programmes.

UCPH Prorector for Education Lykke Friis welcomed 'a total of 7,616 new students' to the University of Copenhagen via Twitter. This constitutes a 1.4 per cent drop, she says, adding that 'we can scale to the right dimensions'. 83 per cent had their UCPH programme as their first priority.

The 1.4 per cent drop may be welcome. The University of Copenhagen has had several back-to-back years of increase in student numbers, with critics saying that the university was cramming students into classrooms.

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Comments

distance learning

By cleo on 19. February 2015, 8:52.

More distance learning study options is a really good idea! In some cases you need some practical courses, but there are also enough theoretical modules, you can teach as a distance programme.

i find out that in Denmark people can study nursing as a distance programme at university college southern danmark -- i think it is a good idea, especially for women with small children, or for unemployed people or people who have a job, but want to change their qualification.

Educational Access in a Democratic Society

By Jens Andersen 123 on 2. August 2014, 9:12.

At Stanford University student are encouraged to follow their passion. An example is an English major, who decided to switch to chemistry, and became a Nobel Laureate. The president of Stanford University also encourages students to follow their passion.

If KU was innovative, they could make studies available online, so that all who wanted to study molecular bio-medicine, psychology etc. could, rather than limiting access through very high grade requirements .

A democratic society is characterized by open access rather than restrictions. Do we really want an elitist society, where only those with top grades are allowed access to universities?

Are students with lower grades robots who must serve the Danish nanny state or DI, and are not allowed their first choice?

With modern educational technologies there's no reason why students shouldn't be allowed to follow their passion.

Top universities including Stanford and Harvard have already made classes available online for all.

With a few adjustments such as group meetings and exams at KU or CBS, and it's possible to give everyone who wants it access to their dream study. It only requires a very very small investment.

Unfortunately the Danish nanny state, and DI prefer an elitist society.

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