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Portugal government approves new rules for access to higher education

September 22, 2023

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This Thursday, the Government approved a new model that requires the counting of two national exams for the average entry to higher education, and which will come into force from 2025.

Even so, the announced changes did not reach consensus among all institutions, which fear having fewer students accessing higher education. A scenario that the government rules out because the objective is to attract even more students to continue their studies.

“There are institutions that are afraid that they will have fewer students. There won't be fewer students, that won't happen. In fact, data from the past shows that, sometimes, it even works the other way around”, assured Elvira Fortunato, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education.

The goal is to have 60% of young people attending higher education in 2030, this is the commitment of António Costa's executive. 

Thus, by 2025, more than half of higher education courses (53%) will have to increase the number of tests required to access these courses, as the current legal minimum is one exam.


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