may have a look at the new directory of Masters programmes currently offered
in15 European countries (link below). Thanks again to those of you who
have contributed to this edition by sending information on continuing or
directory, replacing the EHRD edition of 2004, covers the broader field
of learning and work, as far as this relates to the thematic areas of HRD
and/or VET. The main interest of this directory is to identify and map
the themes of Masters programmes. This outcome is compiled in a thematic
overview (page below), which links up to the detailed presentation of programmes
arranged by country.
this collection (about 80 programmes) is still preliminary, it may throw
some light on emerging thematic patterns. A few observations are made below:
and VET related programmes are represented in fairly equal proportion,
mostly as components of broader subjects; HRD or VET as programme subjects
of their own are rare.
HRD is mostly related to HRM, it is also offered as part of studies in
organisation and work or, occasionally, in education. VET, including continuing
vocational education, is exclusively related to educational studies. In
a few cases, HRD is offered in liaison with VET, as part of broadly designed
educational programmes (see group 'combination of areas' in thematic overview).
comparison to the previous edition, the HRM/HRD programmes have been fairly
stable, while programmes in the areas of VET, education and organisation/
work have seen a lot of change and new developments. Worth noting are programme
activities in relative small countries (especially Denmark) and by a new
EU member (Lithuania).
thematic mapping of Masters programmes, if related to individual countries,
seems to match certain patterns of HRD/VET research, in particular the
concentration of HRM/HRD on the UK and the provision of both HRD and VET
(partly combined) in the Netherlands; VET programmes however are scattered,
hardly corresponding to the research focus in German speaking countries.
supported Masters programmes (ERASMUS-MUNDUS) have been put forward in
the areas of education and organisation/ work, but apparently not in the
area of HRM/HRD. These programmes are characterised by broadly designed
themes. Furthermore, both the EU programmes and a lot of national ones
use English in addition to, or as a replacement of, the home languages,
thereby fostering the transnational dimension of studies.
relation between research activities and the provision of Masters programmes
may be manifold, including the effect of promoting the subject field in
academic and/or professional terms. This is evident in the case of specific
Masters programmes designed either as a bridge to PhD studies (Norway:
HIO) or in conjunction with a PhD programme (CROSSLIFE - see preview page).
observations above are related to studies of European research activities
which have been undertaken as part of parallel projects (see pages below).
VET&HRD Base <http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo//vet-hrd/=base.htm>
Research Monitor <http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo//vet/monitor.htm>
are welcome to provide feedback, including further information on Masters
programmes. The present directory is open for amendments and updates of
the included programmes, while additional input will be collected for the
This issue of the L&W Newsletter is sent to an extended list including
all chairs and contacts of the Masters programmes contained in the Directory.