Applied sciences degrees increasing compared to last year

Applied sciences degrees increasing compared to last year
Students during university exams. Credit: Belga

The university colleges Odisee, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel (EhB), Vives and Thomas More have seen more registrations at the start of this academic year compared to last year.

Overall, business degrees continue to be a popular choice, while nursing education is declining.

At the EhB, there are 6% more first-year students compared to last year. In addition, the registrations of the Schools of Arts (RITCS and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels) have not yet been included because the registrations have not yet been completed.

Odissee sees an increase of 7%. This boost is mainly due to the expansion of the Brussels campus.

At Vives, it is even an increase of almost 15% and Thomas More noted an increase of 8%. At the EhB, applied informatics and biomedical laboratory technology are the most popular fields, but social work is also starting this year with a large group of first-years.

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At Thomas More, the energy technology program sees more than double the number of applicants. Business courses  – such as business administration, business management, commercial sciences and organisation and management – also score well.

While the nursing programs at the EhB, Odissee and Vives are declining, it remains one of the most popular bachelor’s programs at Thomas More. Odissee notes that other healthcare courses such as eye care and medical imaging also score well.

In teacher training, several universities of applied sciences are seeing an increase or stabilisation for teacher training courses for pre-primary education, primary education or secondary education. However, the EhB has seen a decline in primary education.

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