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Gävle University - record numbers leave an unpleasant aftertaste

Press Release   •   Aug 19, 2015 15:46 GMT

“Once again we have a record number of applications to Gävle University, and once again we are forced to turn down so many applicants. It’s so frustrating in a region where there is such a need for further education initiatives,” says Per-Arne Wikström, Head of Department for Communications and Strategic Partnerships at Gävle University.

Huge number of applications

Ten thousand, three hundred and twelve students have been accepted to the programmes and courses at the university in Gävle, on level with the record in the autumn of 2014. There were 30,297 qualified applicants in total.

The programmes at the university have 2,625 places, an increase of eight percent. This means that the university is forced to turn down more than fifty percent of the first-choice applicants. Those programmes where the lowest number of applicants can be accepted are:

  • Preschool Teacher Training (distance learning)
  • Bachelor’s Programme in Applied Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Social work
  • Business Administration (distance learning)
  • Nursing degree course

We can only hope

“We are one of the most sought after university colleges in Sweden today. We can only hope that the government will allot us extra places so that we can accept more of those who call for further education in our region, says Per-Arne Wikström.

For further information please contact:

Per-Arne Wikström, Head of Department for Communications and Strategic Partnerships at Gävle University, 026-64 87 03 or 070-649 87 03

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.