The President of BI Norwegian Business School, Tom Colbjørnsen, is encouraged by this development, and is particularly pleased with the increase in good applicants from abroad.
- In recent years, the master programmes have seen a nice, steady increase in qualified applicants. We are well aware of the debate surrounding overeducation at the master level, but, so far, the labour market survey shows that BI students end up in relevant and well-paying jobs, says Colbjørnsen.
There are 2,809 applicants to the master programmes this year, compared with 2,302 applicants last year. The most popular programme is the MSc in Business, which has seen an increase totalling 48 per cent compared with 2013.
- At the bachelor level, we have seen a marked decline in fictitious international applicants, particularly from African countries. In the Norwegian bachelor market, the total number of BI applicants remains virtually unchanged, says Colbjørnsen.
The largest applicant growth at the bachelor level took place in the BSc in Finance programme, with 38%, Entrepreneurship and Economics with 32% and Retail Management with 17%.
The two most popular programmes at the bachelor level are the BSc in Economics and Administration (1,785 applicants) and BSc in Real Estate Brokerage (1,441 applicants).
Overall, BI received 10,992 applications this year, compared with 11,069 in 2013. We want to point out that BI introduced a new application system this year, which has clarified admission requirements, prices and more efficient processes.