The number of applications and enrolments at the Hungarian higher education is not increasing, but stagnating or slightly decreasing in the field of science, technology and informatics (STEM). Due to the low application rates, there is no real competition for being admitted to a higher education institution. Owing to the resulting effects, higher education cannot meet the increasing demand of the labour market - in 2015, 24,47% of the students applied for STEM related programmes. In order to maintain the competitiveness of Hungary, it is vital to increase the number of graduations in the STEM fields.
Based on our experience, young adults do not take into account their future employment possibilities when they choose their career path, there are not as many applicants for STEM education fields as many the national labour market would require. To this end, it is important to point out the career opportunities these education fields would offer, it is necessary to demonstrate effectively and comprehensively the different STEM career prospects and paths.
To increase the number of students in these fields, the Hungarian higher education launched an education development program in 2016 co-financed by the EU. It is a priority of our career orientation project to raise the number of applications and graduations in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).