More than 9,000 students were placed in the 2nd phase of the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, whose results are released this Thursday and show that there are 4,441 vacancies left for the next competitions.

The data are from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) which maintains estimates for this year if it exceeds 100,000 new students when all forms of access to public and private higher education are completed.

In this 2nd phase of the National Competition for Access to Higher Education (CNAES), nearly 23 thousand people competed, with 9,154 students having been placed, that is, only 40% of the total number of candidates.

Contrary to what happened in the 1st phase, there were now more placements in polytechnic education institutions (4,822) than in universities (4,272).

In the 1st phase, of the nearly 50 thousand placed, around 30 thousand entered universities and less than 20 thousand in polytechnic institutes.

The numbers also show that 72% of candidates were placed in their first three options, less than the percentage of students who in the 1st phase got a place in the course they wanted.

There were 4,441 places left for the 3rd phase of the national competition, the majority in courses at polytechnic institutes. In an analysis made by Lusa, numerous courses in the polytechnics of Bragança, Guarda or Castelo Branco stand out, which continue to have a high number of vacancies to fill.

Some engineering courses are once again highlighted due to the low demand, but there are also other engineering courses that appear among the most sought after with averages above 19 values.

The Aerospace Engineering course at the University of Aveiro is the second with the highest average, as the only student who has now entered had an average of 19.48.

Only the Medicine course at the University of Porto surpassed this average, as two more students have now entered and the lowest grade was 19.52.

In total, there were 281 students who got a place in one of the courses with a high level of candidate excellence, thus all available places in these courses were occupied, resulting from candidates who had not enrolled in the 1st phase or from vacancies that ended up for being released by students who are now placed in other options.

In the set of the 1st and 2nd phases of the CNAES this year, 51,431 new students have already entered public higher education, according to accounts provided by the ministry

The Directorate-General for Higher Education estimates that the academic year will enroll more than 100,000 new students, taking into account the different forms of entry into public and private higher education. Last year, around 95 thousand new students were expected.

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