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The government wants to shorten up to one half of all Danish two-year master's degree programmes and set up vocational, part-time, industry master’s degrees.
The Danish government has just presented a long-awaited reform proposal on master’s degree programmes.
The main points were a proposal to shorten up to one half of all the current two-year master’s degree programmes, to extend a select few master’s programmes that use particularly complicated technology to three years of study, to expand vocational part-time industry master’s degree programmes, and to increase the number of international students.
The reform will save DKK 950 million, which the government has promised will remain in the university sector.
The Danish government wants four different types of master’s degree programmes:
The government has not yet named the degree programmes that are to be shortened. But the reform proposal states that the majority of the places will be found on study programmes in the humanities and social sciences, and only to a lesser extent in the health, natural sciences and technical areas. The specific study programmes are to be selected in co-operation with the university community and the different stakeholders in business.
The government wants to increase the number of international students in areas where there is a demand for highly qualified manpower.
The proposal is the first among several announced upcoming reforms within the education sector.