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The compliance of master's degree studies with the economic needs of the country

Abstract

In the system of higher university education, Master's degree programmes of study making its second stage are of major importance. Therefore, determining the effectiveness of these programmes is a significant problem. The main factor determining Master's degree programme effectiveness is based on how well it meets the needs of state economy. As a complex phenomenon, it can be described only by a set of criteria. To determine which Master's degree programme directions satisfy the market needs better is possible only when all the above criteria are integrated into a single quantity. Multicriteria evaluation methods are most suitable for solving such problems. All the criteria significances or weights should be known in this case. In the present research, 6 directions of studies have been established, e.g. biomedicine, physical, social, technological sciences, humanities and art studies. Multicriteria evaluation has shown that the programme of art studies is the best in satisfying the needs of the state economy. It is followed by the programmes of technological, biomedicine and social sciences, as well as humanities and physical sciences.


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Aukštojo universitetinio mokslo sistemoje ypatingas vaidmuo tenka antrajai jo pakopai – magistrantūrai, todėl svarbi problema yra jos efektyvumas. Esminis efektyvumo rodiklis yra magistrantūros atitiktis šalies ūkio poreikiams. Ją apibūdinti galima tik daugeliu rodiklių, nes tai yra sudėtingas kompleksinis reiškinys. Apibendrintai pasakyti, kuri magistrantūros studijų kryptis geriau atitinka rinkos poreikius, o kuri blogiau, galima tik visus minėtus rodiklius sujungus į vieną dydį. Tokiems uždaviniams spręsti gerai tinka daugiakriteriniai metodai. Juos taikant reikia žinoti lyginamąsias visų rodiklių reikšmes ir svorius. Tiriant buvo nustatytos šešios studijų kryptys – biomedicina, fiziniai, socialiniai, technologiniai, humanitariniai mokslai ir meno studijos. Daugiakriterinės analizės rezultatai parodė, kad šalies ūkio poreikius geriausiai atitinka meno studijos. Po jų eina technologiniai, biomedicinos, socialiniai ir humanitariniai bei fiziniai mokslai.


First published online: 21 Oct 2010


Reikšminiai žodžiai: magistrantūros efektyvumas, daugiakriteriniai vertinimo būdai.

Keyword : effectiveness of Master's degree programmes of studies, multicriteria evaluation methods

How to Cite
Ginevičius, R., & Ginevičienė, V. (2009). The compliance of master’s degree studies with the economic needs of the country. Technological and Economic Development of Economy, 15(1), 136-153. https://doi.org/10.3846/1392-8619.2009.15.136-153
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