The demand for HE in Poland is the second theme of this Study Tour. Polish HE has experienced expansion since the end of the cold war, with the emergence of a large private sector.
There are, in common with much of the EU, possible demographic challenges ahead. And of course internationalisation is increasing in importance. How these issues are linked will be interesting to explore.
Desk research indicates there may also be similarities between the above and widening participation, in a similar way to the Brazillian experience. We hope to be able to write more about this after the tour.
Questions under this theme would include (in no particular order):
- In what ways do students decide on their choice of courses?
- To what extent do (student and HEI) funding arrangements affect the market? Is employability a strong driver?
- What influence does government have in regulating the market?
- How has the approach to marketing and student recruitment developed as a response to this?
- How do employers and professional bodies influence HEI provision and student demand? Are their needs met?
- What forms does internationalisation take in Polish HEIs? How are they related to HEI strategic aims?
- What is the history of the development of the HEI market in the post-communist era?
- How do Polish HEIs accept and process applications?
- How will future projections of demographics affect demand?
As always if you have something to contribute, please let us know in the comments.