Since 2018, Danish university students have had to report the annual number of hours they spend in lectures, at study and preparing for exams to the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
When determining whether a university should receive its entire subsidy or whether to shave up to five percent off of its appropriation, the weekly number of study hours is one of the parameters weighed.
The reporting of study hours stems from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s aim to ensure for high quality education.
However, according to the researchers behind a new study at the University of Copenhagen, an increased number of hours is no guarantee for higher educational quality.
“Universities have a financial incentive to get students to spend large amounts of time at study. However, this does not necessarily provide an authentic or fair view of educational quality. Instead, we