Education programmes are systematically underfunded
Oprettet den: Tuesday, 9. May 2017 - 13:41 / caf
The financing of higher educations has been systematically under-prioritized during the past many years and especially inside the areas of technology, natural and health science, the programmes are depending on financing from the fund for basic research (red. Basisforskningsmidlerne).
According to IDA’s President, Thomas Damkjær Petersen, this is an unsustainable development, and something for Denmark’s elected representatives to take a closer look at.
“In general, it does not make sense for a country like Denmark to consistently down-prioritize its education system and make cut-downs of two per cent each year. Furthermore, it seems far from visionary that the education programmes inside technological and natural sciences are the ones that are being cut-down the most,” he says.
The subsidy for the educations inside technology and natural sciences is formally known as rate 3, and is actually higher than for those in rate 1, which is given to humanities, arts and social science. But the fact is that the difference between the given rate and the actual costs for these educations is immensely high compared to other educations,” Thomas Damkjær Petersen points out.
“That is why it hurts so much more when we see cut-downs on technology and natural sciences. If we look at the past seven years, the financing per finished student has fallen. The educations have not become any cheaper, and even though the universities use the fund for basic research (red. Basisforskningsmidlerne) to cover the costs, the result is still that the quality of these educations is at risk through this political gamble,” he says.
According to a prognosis made by the technological alliance Engineer the future, Denmark will lack 9.300 engineers and 4.200 natural sciences graduates by the year of 2025, and this is the reason why IDA’s President urges the politicians to reconsider their priorities.
“A continuous economic starvation of the technological and natural scientific educations is not in line with what corporate Denmark needs now or in the long run. The demand is for both quantity and quality and this should be a priority in our Parliament,” he says.