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Published: 2019-12-12 12:40 | Updated: 2019-12-19 15:35

TAPIL admissions process being reviewed and its share of admissions is decreasing

Photo: Erik Cronberg

Karolinska Institutet’s Committee for Higher Education has decided on changes to the alternative admissions process for the dental programme (TAPIL) for 2020.

Admissions will be distributed according to the basic rule set by the Government: at least one third to applicants based on grades, one third to applicants who did the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test and one third to applicants through the alternative admissions process (TAPIL). This entails a reduction in the group of TAPIL applicants that previously accounted for half of total admissions to the dental programme.

The Head of the Department of Dental Medicine, Mats Trulsson, has initiated change work to revise the TAPIL process, especially considering conflicts of interest and the composition of the Admissions Committee, steps that will be presented to the Committee for Higher Education. The objective is to quality assure the selection method for the upcoming TAPIL admissions process that will take place in May 2020.

Criticism expressed in the media

The background to these decisions is the criticism expressed in the media regarding the alternative admissions process.

“There is no doubt that the alternative admissions process at the dental programme means that we admit more motivated students who manage the studies better. This leads to faster student completion and by extension better use of tax funding,” says Annika Östman Wernerson, Chairperson of the Committee for Higher Education and the Academic Vice President.

“We are implementing these changes because we want to ensure a high level of quality in the alternative admissions process, and of course we want a transparent process that complies with the rule of law.”

Review and revision

The Committee also discussed the need for a general investigation of alternative admissions processes for programmes at KI and university-wide guidelines for alternative admissions and other grounds for admission. A survey of other evidence-based methods to ensure the applicants’ motivation and possibility of completing the programme may also be done for the methods to be both simpler and more certain.

President Ole Petter Ottersen had already initiated a revision of the university’s conflict of interest rules, and in 2020 the Board will review the university’s overall regulations in connection with a planned revision of the admission regulations for first- and second-cycle programmes.