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October 10, 2002

University Enrollment Woes

One of the main reasons that competition is growing between the nation's universities is the falling birthrate. The figures show that the number of 18-year olds has dropped from 2.04 million ten years ago to 1.51 million in 2001. It is predicted that by 2009, the number of high-school graduates applying to universities will match enrollment capacity for the first time. Already, in the current academic year, some 28% of the country's 512 national universities failed to achieve full enrollment. As about 70% of their revenue is generated by tuition fees, this is a serious problem.

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