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Copenhagen to reduce humanities intake

The University of Copenhagen has announced that it is to discontinue 13 of its smaller course programmes this year due to public budget cuts, with some to be ceased for good.

Courses that will be discontinued in 2016 include several language programmes such as Finnish, Polish and Turkish, as well as Arctic studies, Balkan studies and South East Asian studies, the university said in an announcement on 18 January. The government is to decreased university funding by 8 per cent by 2020, which has forced the university to decrease its course offerings, it said.

“The government should put forward a strategy for ensuring Danish universities can continue to offer a wide range of language programmes,” said Ulf Hedetoft, dean of the humanities faculty at the university. “Both small and medium-sized language programmes are vulnerable and at risk of succumbing when the economy is under pressure,” he added.

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