ibw draws up reports and analyses at the interfaces between education and training, skill needs of businesses and qualifications.

ibw’s research work covers a wide gamut of topics and ranges from analyses of dual VET, school-based and tertiary education and labour market analyses onto continuing vocational education and training (CVET).

In our research library you will find well-founded data, studies and background analyses conducted by ibw at the interface between education, business and qualification. Most of our ibw studies have a national and sometimes also regional focus. On account of the increasingly strong international perspective due to the EU’s education policy and OECD’s comparisons of systems, however, there is also growing international demand for ibw’s expertise. ibw has been a partner or coordinator of a large number of EU projects for many years. In addition, ibw is a cooperation partner of the EU’s Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).

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    Entwicklung und Ausblick

    ibw-Forschungsbericht Nr. 189, Wien, 2017
    Schmid K., Nowak S., Gruber B., Petanovitsch A.

    Bei der ibw-Studie handelt es sich um die erste umfassende empirische Analyse zu Entwicklung und Status Quo der Privatuniversitäten im Kontext des österreichischen Hochschulsektors: Die Studie beleuchtet zum einen die Situation aus Perspektive der Studierenden, Studienanfänger sowie Absolventen. Zum anderen werden aus einem systemischen Blickwinkel wesentliche Strukturinformationen zu Lehrpersonal, Betreuungsrelationen, F&E, Finanzierung und internem Qualitätsmanagement der Privatuniversitäten aufbereitet. Außerdem wird die Entwicklung des österreichischen Hochschulsystems und insbesondere der Privatuniversitäten vor dem Hintergrund internationaler Trends der Hochschulentwicklung (Stichwort Massification and Diversification of Higher Education) reflektiert. Einschätzungen und Positionen von Experten mit maßgeblicher Relevanz für das Hochschulwesen bieten einen Ausblick auf zukünftige Entwicklungsoptionen der Privatuniversitäten.


    Since 1999 it has been possible to set up private universities in Austria. Now there are 13 private universities with a total of 10,200 students as well as around 1,900 graduates and 3,200 study begin-ners a year. As well as public universities, universities of applied sciences (FH) and university colleges of teacher education, the private university sector has therefore established itself as a key player in the Austrian higher education (HE) area. Despite the dynamic growth of private universities, their students only make up roughly 3% of all students in Austria. On a Europe-wide average, 7% of HE students are enrolled at a private university. Against this back-ground, high public spending on education and training in the tertiary sector in Austria, with private funding components showing marginal shares at the same time, the low level of diversification of the Austrian higher education area as well as steadily increasing rates of HE access – and therefore a “massification” of higher education which can also be observed in Austria – wide-ranging questions arise concerning the role and development options of private universities.



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