Stimulating Science and Technology in Higher Education

An international comparison of policy measures and their effectiveness

by Rebecca Hamer, Erik J. Frinking, Edwin Horlings

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RAND Europe has performed a study for the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This study aims to increase the understanding regarding the influence of societal developments and policy initiatives on the attractiveness and uptake of science and technology in higher education. This study consists of an international comparison across six European countries, examining how students make decisions about entering a certain study and assessing whether and how policies are addressing these factors. The report concludes with a set of recommendations to improve the low uptake of S&T in the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Background and research questions

  • Chapter Two

    Approach

  • Chapter Three

    A Perspective on Supply

  • Chapter Four

    Influencing study choice

  • Chapter Five

    Outflow: yield and labour market position

  • Chapter Six

    Policy development: trends and types of measures

  • Chapter Seven

    Policy measures: how and why they seem to work

  • Chapter Eight

    Synthesis and conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Specific groups in the student population

  • Appendix B

    Summary of policy measures

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