The University of Tromsø will close a popular master’s program in speech therapy to save money. At the same time, there is a shortage of speech therapists throughout the region.
“It is complete nonsense to discontinue this program,” associate professor Signhild Skogdal, who is responsible for speech therapy at UiT, told Khrono.
There were 80 applicants for 15–20 places in the master’s program during the last admission season. At the same time, two recent graduates are currently pursuing a doctorate.
In many places, there is a great shortage of speech therapists, and especially in Northern Norway. Among other things, there are only two Sami-speaking speech therapists in the whole country.
The Aphasia Association’s speech therapist survey shows that 63% of the municipalities lack a speech therapist for adults.
“It is a sad case that we find ourselves forced to propose closure,” vice-dean Lars Aage Rotvold stated.
He explained that financial pressure at the faculty is the reason for the decision.
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