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Students of Metropolitan University College show high level of motivation and expectations of study qualityStudents of Metropolitan University College show high level of motivation and expectations of study quality

New survey reveals recently admitted students of Metropolitan University College show higher levels of motivation compared to the other university colleges in Denmark. The new students show high expectations for the educational standards.

The survey reveals 85 % of the recently admitted students of Metropolitan University College are “very motivated” about their education programme. Students admitted into the Global Nutrition and Health programme and the Midwifery programme show exceptionally high levels of motivation. The Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) conducted a large national survey on university college students in August 2016. EVA found the national average of university college students being “very motivated” to be 80 % - 5 percentage points lower than the students of Metropolitan University College. 

Choosing the right programme – a complex process

The students’ choice of programme is a complex decision making process, which is reflected in the survey. The survey shows that students were influenced by many different sources of information before making their final decision, including: ‘Uddannelsesguiden’ (50 %), Metropolitan University College website (43 %), consultation with friends and family (41 %), and previous job experience(s) (40 %).



For many students, the choice was made in good time prior to the application process. About half of the newly admitted students (53 %) say they made their choice half a year prior to the application process. Only 14 % made their decision in the month leading up to the application process.

Field of work crucial for the decision

The students’ choice of programme is primarily rooted in their desire to work in a specific profession (87%). Approximately half of the students considered other elements important when choosing their programme, including “Interesting subjects in the programme” (57 %), “Great job opportunities” (56 %), and “Internships during the studies” (54 %). On the contrary, some elements were considerably less important, including “Making your family happy and proud” (7 %), “Prospects of entering another programme” (9 %), and “Great salary” (9 %). 




High expectations for classrooms and educational standards

Many students (41 %) expect to dedicate more than 40 hours per week on their studies and 34 % of the students expect to spend 35 to 39 hours per week. If the numbers hold true, the newly admitted students will spend more time on their studies than the existing students of Metropolitan University College. Metropolitan University College’s own survey from 2016 shows 28 % of the current students spend more than 40 hours per week on their studies, while 31 % spend 35 to 39 hours per week. 



The newly admitted students have high expectations for the educational standard at Metropolitan University College. The students expect a high level of teaching in the classrooms (94 %). In addition, the students expect the teachers to uphold the students to the same high standard as well (87 %). 

Study Start Survey – Facts

- 1713 out of 3017 of the newly admitted students responded to the survey (57 % response rate)
- The survey was in circulation prior to study start from 10 August 2017 to 30 August 2017
- The Study Start Survey has been conducted twice; once in 2016 and once in 2017
- The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the recruitment campaign of Metropolitan University College. In 2017, the purpose also included gathering relevant data to assess student withdrawals (‘frafald’) and how to improve the students’ study start (“Projekt God Studiestart”)
-The 2017 survey was a co-operation between the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Communication Services (‘Ledelses- og Kommunikationssekretariatet’) and Student Services (‘Studieservice’)