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Pro-rector on the dropout: "Students leave education for job"


Only eleven percent of the students who begin the game Technical Artist in Games at BTH take their degree. One of the reasons is that students get a job before they can finish their studies, says Vice-Principal Eva Pettersson.

About 40 percent of all students who start a program at Blekinge Institute of Technology take their degree. But in the Technical Artist training in games, the figure is significantly lower. Only eleven percent of students who start the program graduate.

The program is aimed at students who want to work in the gaming or media industry, with courses in both graphics and programming.

- Eleven percent is low. But all IT programs are low when it comes to students graduating, says Eva Pettersson, Vice President of BTH.

Good labor market

One reason for the graduation from IT courses is that the students get a job before they have finished, says Eva Pettersson.

- The job market is good for these students and they don't need a degree to get a job in the industry, she says.

Other dropouts, she believes, can be explained by the fact that the programs do not meet the students' expectations or are more demanding than the students imagined.

Can create future problems

On the part of the university, students are encouraged to take their degree.

- If the labor market turns, we know that many students will return to finish their studies. Then the education may have changed, which makes it more difficult for them to take their degree, says Eva Pettersson.

Is it financially justifiable to have an education that so few go out?

- Not if you look at the student or the country's economy. But if you consider that many students who leave the education work in the industry, we have succeeded in educating them so far, says Eva Pettersson.

Source: svt

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