Norwegian universities and colleges will open their doors to another 300 nurses in the future, with this capacity increasing to 500 places starting in the fall of 2020.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Education, the first institutions to open such vacancies will be University of Agder and Molde University College, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Having enough professionals in the health and care services where people live is an important goal for the government. The pandemic has made clear that we need more nurses and specialist nurses. We are now working to increase the teaching capacity of colleges and universities from Agder in the south to Nordland in the north” , as the Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ola Burton Mo.
She also stressed that institutions should prioritize additional education for midwives, health nurses, pediatrics, critical care, surgery and paramedics in all other medical sectors.
More institutions in the country are focusing on increasing educational offerings across the provinces. While 300 seats have been allocated to the following institutions, the remaining 200 places are allocated in Basic Nursing Education, which will be ready in the fall.
Lovisenberg Diaconal College will receive ten additional sites Høgskulen på Vestlandet (14) University of Agder (59) University of Stavanger (20) Norwegian University of Science and Technology (four) Østfold University College (43) Høgskolen i Innlandet (four) Mulde University College – Scientific College in Logistics (52) Nord University (25) VID Faculty of Science (32) Southeastern Norway University (37)
In addition, 200 sites will be distributed between institutions such as OsloMet and Høgskulen på Vestlandet, with 30 sites each; University of Agder, University of Stavanger and University of Southeast Norway with 20 vacancies individually.
Ten new study places will be allocated to Östfold University College, Høgskolen i Innlandet, Nord University and University College Molde – The Scientific College in Logistics, respectively.
Previously, the Ministry of Education and Research allocated 17 million euros to universities and colleges in the country, of which 14.3 million Norwegian kroner (14.1 million euros) will be used to open nursing study places.
Erudera.com previously revealed that 8.2 million euros will be allocated to public universities and colleges while private colleges will receive around 1.1 million euros. Furthermore, professional programs will benefit from funding of 1.7 million euros, and student organizations will receive 6 million euros.
However, data from Statista shows that higher education institutions experienced a 26 percent increase in student numbers from 2009 to 2019, representing 65,151 students.