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Applications to the University of Gävle are increasing and increasing at the highest rate

Press release   •   Apr 22, 2016 08:00 UTC

Applications over the country are declining compared with last year. However, the University of Gävle belongs to the institutions of higher education where applications are on the increase and they are increasing at the highest rate.

Figures from the Swedish Council for Higher Education show that 11 916 people have applied for programmes at the University of Gävle as their first choice, and that is an increase of twelve percent compared with last year.

“We have 1307 more first choice applications than last year which was also a record,” says Micael Melander, education coordinator at the University of Gävle.

Highest rate of increase

Among universities and institutes of higher education the University of Gävle is at the top of the list, and regarding first choice applications, has the highest rate of increase.

The total number of first choice applications to the universities and institutes of higher education in the country has decreased by two percent compared with 2015 and at 25 of the 37 institutes of higher education they have decreased.

Once again the University of Gävle is going against the tide and shows the highest rate of increase, 1 307 more first choice applications than last year, of all the institutes of higher education.

“Once again very encouraging that our programmes are so sought after and yet again an acknowledgement of our strength at the University of Gävle. We have for several years been Sweden’s next most popular institute of higher education and this is yet another step forward,” says Vice Chancellor Maj-Britt Johansson.

“That the University of Gävle stands strong in a region where the need for well educated people is so great, is of vital importance for our future development.”

The most popular programmes

The programmes that most people apply for at Gävle are to study to be economists, teachers and estate agents.

For further information, please contact:
Maj-Britt Johansson, Vice Chancellor at the University of Gävle
Tel: 026-64 85 10, 070-656 41 26

Text: Douglas Öhrbom

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 14 500 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.