edition of the Directory of Masters programmes related to HRD and VET in
Europe has been launched, including about 100 programmes in 20 European
countries (link below). Thanks again to those of you who have contributed
to this edition by sending information on continuing or new programmes!
of Masters programmes <www.master.wifo-gate.org>
noting among the new entries are several Masters programmes on "Vocational
Education" and "Wirtschaftspädagogik" (Business and Human Resource
Education) introduced at German universities, extending the fairly small
group of VET programmes presented in the Directory so far. Furthermore,
Masters programmes of three new countries have been included: Cyprus, Greece
feature of the current edition is a regional map presenting major programme
themes by groups of countries:
method of regional mapping was first explored in a comparative analysis
of research profiles related to VET and HRD (see Newsletter No 2008/02):
method is now being taken up with regard to themes of Masters programmes,
in order to find out whether any thematic patterns can be identified across
Europe. The regional analysis is based on the five thematic areas applied
for the overview of Masters programmes since the previous edition:
* Education - Adult education - Lifelong learning (incl. vocational component)
* Vocational education - Continuing vocational education
* Human resource development (or component)
* Business - Human resource management (incl. HRD component)
* Organisation - Work (incl. learning)
observations on the initial mapping of Masters programmes can be made,
even though the sample of programmes is as yet fairly small.
is a remarkable range of thematic areas to be found across all regions.
Alongside the specific areas of VET and HRD, the contextual areas of education,
business and organisation/work (all of which including VET or HRD as programme
units) are strongly represented. The variety of areas is particularly extensive
in Western Europe, while the countries of Northern Europe seem to favour
the contextual areas of education and organisation/work. The patterns of
the two other European regions cannot as yet be identified.
thematic range of masters programmes in individual countries is, no doubt,
closely connected with the overall provision of national study programmes,
but it is also related to research activities at the institutions concerned.
In particular the contextual setting, which the majority of programme themes
share, corresponds to the profile of VET and HRD related research, as the
parallel study (VET&HRD Base) has revealed.
thematic focus of masters programmes on VET in Germany contrasts with that
on HRD in the UK. The German emphasis on VET, also identified in the profile
of VET/HRD related research, is rooted in the tradition of vocational education
in this country. In the UK, HRD is well established within university teaching
and research, backed by the professional body CIPD (Chartered Institute
of Personnel and Development), while research institutions outside universities
centre their activities on skills development (VET).
more examples of Masters programmes, particularly from Southern and Central
Eastern Europe, would be required in order to identify thematic patterns
by country and region. You are welcome to check the present evidence and
to help build a more extensive resource base!
This issue of the L&W Newsletter is being sent to an extended list
including all chairs and contacts of the Masters programmes contained in