Schwerin (dpa/mv) - At Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's universities and technical colleges, the number of students has fallen for the third year in a row. According to the State Statistical Office, 38,363 young people were enrolled in the 2022/23 winter semester - a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to the previous year, as the office in Schwerin announced on Monday based on preliminary figures. The universities of applied sciences in particular lost students - the office reported a decline of 5.1 percent there. According to the information, almost every ninth student (10.8 percent) is a foreigner. Their share has hardly changed, it said.
According to the statistics office, the number of young people studying to become teachers has risen slightly. In the current winter semester there are 4760 - after 4593 a year earlier. This means that every eighth student in MV is studying with the aim of teaching children one day. Teachers are currently desperately needed nationwide, including in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. As a result of the influx of refugees, the number of students has increased. At the same time, many teachers are retiring.