Large increase in the intake of engineers
Oprettet den: Thursday, 29. September 2016 - 12:56 / caf
During the last couple of years the intake on engineering programmes has increased and this years’ intake is no exception. The intake for the Masters’ programmes increases with 9% compared to last year, while the intake for the Bachelor programmes sees an increase of 12%.
An analysis done by Denmark’s technological alliance, Engineer the Future, predicts a substantial lack of 13,500 engineers and natural scientific candidates in 2025 and this is going to hit businesses hard.
Thomas Damkjær Petersen, the President of IDA, welcomes the new students, but warns that it can be a hard challenge to meet businesses’ need of engineers in the future if we do not see a continuously increased intake on the engineering programmes.
”We hope that the Danish high school reform and the plans of a so-called “technology pact”, with a political focus on the issue, will help create a technologically educated generation who more looks toward the technological and natural scientific education programmes. Until now, the Danish high school system has not contributed enough to securing the professional candidates that businesses are actually looking for,” says Thomas Damkjær Petersen.
Because of the massive increases in the applications for studies related to engineering, some applicants have been rejected. But that does not mean that they will never become engineers.
”With such a large demand is does not really make any sense if we as a society rejects young people who want to be engineers, but my hope is also that the applicants who did not make the cut will apply for a related programme that lies close to their first choice,” says Thomas Damkjær Petersen.