Katalin Fehér, Zsuzsanna Géring and Gábor Király published their new article entitled Promoting the future of innovative higher education through thousands of master’s programmes STEM, interdisciplinary and business programmes in a changing labour market in the journal of Society & Economy.
The researchers carried out a global analysis on the description of master’s programmes in order to find out how the most innovative higher education institutions teaching programmes represent their future-orientedness, and the rapidly changing socioeconomic and technological climate we live in. In the study they analysed the master’s programmes’ description of 30 of the Thomson Reuters 2018 ranking of the top 100 innovative universities, creating a database of the 2708 master’s programmes available in these institutions. The analysis focused on the nature of the found matesr’s programmes (STEM, non-STEM, interdisciplinary studies, business studies and interdisciplinary business studies) and compared it to the descriptive data of the chosen institutions.
Fehér, Géring and Király found that while Western Europe offers the largest number of master’s programmes, STEM studies are overrepresented at the top innovative universities, and interdisciplinary studies account for fifteen percent of the programmes. They concluded that the findings show the labour market’s preferences toward future-oriented, personalised and responsive knowledge.
You can find the article here.