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Denmark to cut student places with poor job perspectives

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Danish government has decided to cut down 4,000 student places in universities in a bid to reduce the number of graduates ending up unemployed.

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As of now, 15,000 students have been admitted to courses with poor job perspectives in Denmark and in three years, the number will be reduced to 11,000, the country's education ministry announced.

"The goal is for more students to take education with good job opportunities so that fewer end up unemployed," Sofie Carsten Nielsen, Denmark's minister for education and research, said in a statement.

The new scheme requires the number of places for courses leading to unemployment rates of 2 to 5 percent to be cut by 10 percent, and courses leading to unemployment rates of 5 to 7.5 percent will have 20 percent places cut.

Courses in humanities, languages, aesthetics and media and communications are among the areas where places will be cut by 30 percent as their unemployment rates lie between 7.5 to 10 percent, according to Denmark's Politiken newspaper.

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