In 2020, Norwegian universities and colleges experienced a record year in the number of students. In fact, over 51% of bachelor students completed their studies in 2020, making it the first time more than half finished their studies without any delay.
The number of students that graduated from Norwegian universities rose by about 2,400 people from 2019 to 2020. Additionally, the number of applicants increased 4% from 2019 to 2020.
Interestingly enough, some of this growth has been attributed to the coronavirus situation. In an interview this year, Minister of Research and Higher Education Henrik Asheim (H) stated “Experience from previous crises shows that more people want to get an education when times are bad. We saw that last year , and we see that again this year. For the knowledge nation Norway, this is good news because we need more wise minds in all sectors.” 2021 is following the positive increase from 2020 and may see even higher growth.