The Netherlands still leads the way in the number of English-taught Master degree programs in Europe for countries where English is not the primary language of instruction.
This is according to a report published by the Institute for International Education last week (IIE).
In the Netherlands there were a staggering 946 English-taught Master- degrees on offer by June this year - 16% more than the previous year.
Wittenborg currently hosts three Master of Science programs in partnership with the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom: International Hospitality Management, International Event Management and International Tourism Management. Modules kicked off last week.
In Europe the Netherlands was the top host country for programs taught partially or entirely in English. Hot on its heels are Germany (733), Sweden (708), France (494) and Spain 373).
Though Germany ranks second, experts have advised the Netherlands to keep an eye on Sweden where the growth in the number of master-programs jumped with 73% since 2011 and along with Denmark (74%) is the fastest growing host-country.
In the meantime University World News reported last week that Swedish universities are set on recovering after the collapse in overseas applications when “full-cost” tuition fees were introduced for non-European students in 2011. The number of international applicants fell dramatically, from 132 000 in 2010 to 15 000 in 2011.
With regard to Master-degrees in Europe, the most popular fields are still business and economics (28%), engineering and technology (21%). The third most popular discipline is social sciences (14%), followed by natural sciences (9%), humanities and art (8%), applied sciences (7%), and professions and arts (7%).
According to a press statement, the overall number of master’s programs in Europe has also been growing, but not as quickly as the number of English- taught programs. From 2011 to June 2013, the number of master’s degree programs offered by 1,200 public and private universities across Europe rose to 21,000 - an increase of 25%.
“Many factors influence the prevalence of English-taught programs across countries. They include whether or not institutions are allowed to charge tuition to international students, government policies regarding the provision of English-taught courses, the capacity to offer courses in English, and simple perceived market demand,” according to the statement.
The most popular fields are still business and economics (28%), engineering and technology (21%). The third most popular discipline is social sciences (14%), followed by natural sciences (9%), humanities and art (8%), applied sciences (7%), and professions and arts (7%).
Source: Institute for International Education
WUAS offers the following Master programmes, fully taught in English:
· MBA International Business Administration (from September 2014)
by Anesca Smith
Anesca Smith is a Final Year IBA Hospitality Management student and has been employed as a writer for Wittenborg since May this year. Anesca is a journalist, writing for newspapers in her native South Africa, however is looking forward to working in the hospitality industry. Find out more at http://anescasmith.com/