The Norwegian government has announced that a very large number of students are now taking courses online.
In a statement released on May 10, the government announced that nearly ten percent of all currently enrolled students choose flexible education opportunities over on-campus studies, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In this regard, the Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ola Borten Moe, said that the demand for flexible education is growing.
“Many want to study where they live and combine education with work and family. It’s a necessary development.” he also noted.
According to the government, Norway suffers from numerous labor and skills shortages, so there is a large unmet need in the labor market.
“We now have a very good labor market. This means that we must put more people to work, at the same time that we must offer those who are already employed a professional retraining. Therefore, we need to reach more people with flexible educations,” Borten pointed out.
In 2021, there were just over 29,4000 students in flexible education, which means an increase of 13% compared to 2022. On the other hand, online offers are also responsible for the growth.
The increase in online studies has been noticed significantly in the number of university applicants in the spring.
In addition, this year Norway has generally received 34% more first-choice applicants for online-only studies at universities within its territory than a year ago.
In 2021, Norway had 305,000 students enrolled in higher education, including police, defense and private institutions, with no funding from the Ministry of Education. This also means there has been a 4% increase from 2020 with around 12,000 students.
This increase in the number of students shows that due to the pandemic, there were not many opportunities for students to be able to work, take a gap year or even study somewhere abroad.
The Norwegian government has revealed that after a few years of being the country with no decline in temporary staff in teaching and research positions, in 2021 these numbers have increased slightly, from 12.6% to 12.7%.
Minister Moe also pointed out that the institutions have a lot of work to do, where he said the temporary nature of the sector should be reduced.
In addition, the ministry recently commissioned an analytical task to better understand the relationship between temporary work and external research funding.
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