University of the North drops admission of theology students

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The board of directors at UiT Norway’s Arctic University has decided to freeze the admission of new students to the theological study from next fall. It upsets the church and the students.

The decision was made before the weekend with a six to five vote. Thus, the university management got what it wanted, against the votes of the students and the representatives of the academic staff on the board, writes the university newspaper Khrono.

The reason for freezing the admission is that the study has too few students, while the study plan should be considered and perhaps changed.

Both theology students and the church are disappointed with the decision.

-“Our fear is that this is the beginning of a closure of the entire program,” says undergraduate student Anita Hagerup.

In a letter to the University Board, the North Hålogaland Diocese writes that the decision will be devastating for further recruitment work.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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