Expanding our programmes

    In 2026, we will offer a range of programmes that are qualitatively aligned with labour market needs in shortage sectors and transition challenges. In 2028, this offer will be positioned and organised in such a way that we can quantitatively scale with labour market demand.

    We are training students for increasingly complex jobs, and even for new jobs that we do not yet know about. The demand for highly skilled professionals in shortage sectors such as healthcare, education, engineering, and IT will grow faster than the number of entrants to the labour market in the coming years. At the same time, many adults in other sectors will see their jobs change significantly or even disappear.

    That is why we are adapting our programmes to meet the needs of the labour market. We are creating an educational offering that allows us to serve every student, from associate degree to professional doctorate, and every programme in between. 

    We are innovating, expanding, and enriching our educational offering:

    Where professional practice requires new and distinctive basic knowledge and skills, we are elor’s and associate degree programmes. In doing so, we consciously look for study programmes that transcend existing classifications and institutes.

    There is a growing need among our students to add a master’s qualification to their bachelor’s degree. Moreover, the four societal challenges require
    a broad, in-depth, and specialised education in addition to our bachelor programmes. That is why, from 2028, we will offer a wide range of professional masters, preparing our students to become professionals who can play a key role in solving major societal challenges.

    Our basic principles:

    • All master programmes are professional master’s; research and teaching for these students is based on the application of their knowledge and skills in practice.
    • The four transition issues are leading the development of new master’s programmes with a thematic, cross-disciplinary character.
    • Specialist masters are closely linked to a specific profession and have a strictly defined civic impact.

    In order to train more people for shortage occupations, we will strengthen and innovate our training provision for (working) adults. We will focus on
    professionals from other sectors who need a basic qualification to change careers, and professionals with a secondary vocational diploma who need an associate or bachelor’s degree to progress. We will also use our knowledge and expertise to develop shorter training programmes around the four transition issues together with the professional field.

    We can make lifelong learning a reality by:

    • Working together on an attractive and effective
      education concept for (working) adults.
    • Positioning our upskilling, retraining and refresher
      courses for (working) adults in a distinctive way.
    • Having our centres of expertise collaborate with the professional field to develop refresher programmes to benefit the four transition
    • Proactively supporting the scale-up of these programmes.

    More about our ambitions