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More students choose to study technology

05:17 26/08/2015

The number of students choosing a technology course at university or college in Flanders and Brussels has risen by 18% compared to the same period last year, according to the industry federation Agoria. Registrations also increased considerably last academic year. 

According to Agoria, more than 4,000 students have registered for a technology course, which includes engineering and ICT. The professional Bachelor’s degrees, which are very practice-orientated, are particularly popular: registrations for these have increased by about 40%.

I think a lot of youngsters are interested in practical studies because they realise it provides them with many options on the job market after three years of studies,” Wilson De Pril, director-general of Agoria, told public broadcaster VRT. “There are a lot of vacancies for bottleneck professions.”

The percentage of women on technology courses has risen from about 10% to 13%. In ICT, the number of female students has doubled from last year. “If this trend continues, it is a very positive evolution,” said De Pril. Twenty percent of newly registered civil engineering students are also female, which is the highest proportion to date.


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Written by Andy Furniere



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