Bergen wants to introduce gender quotas for men in the psychology program

Students at universityStudents at university.Photo: Frank May / NTB scanpix

University of Bergen has applied for introducing gender quotas for male students to its psychology program, after figures from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service show that 84 percent of those who started on the pyschology progam in 2016  are women.

– It is important that   there is a large number of both male and female psychologists and doctors in the labor market, Oddrun Samdal, deputy headmaster of eduaction at the University of Bergen, says to newspaper Bergens Tidende.

The University of Oslo have also applied for introducing gender quotas for men in its psychology program, and the Ministry of Education has circulated the proposal for comment. The institutions have to answer whether they want  the system of  quotas to be that males get additional points when they apply for the programs or that male students who have good enough grades to be accepted into the program will be prioritized to female students in the same situation. The deadline for this is September 2nd, and according to the Ministry, it will make its decision on the applications of the universities at Christmastime.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today