FACULTIES of the Slovak University of Technology (STU) have managed to overcome a lack of interest by students in technical programmes. The number of students accepted for bachelor’s programmes increased by 6 percent on average, while the number of those who enrolled in bachelor’s programmes increased by 5 percent compared with the previous year, the Sme daily wrote in late September.
The university attributes the increased interest to better promotion. It holds open houses regularly, presents itself to secondary students and uses competitions to attract the attention of potential students. The number of applications to attend bachelor’s programmes at seven STU faculties in the academic year 2012/2013 reached 10,118, an increase of about 500 compared with the previous year.
Interest grew especially in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology.
STU rector Robert Redhammer believes that publishing the wages of technical faculties’ graduates and other statistical data highlighting the differences between schools has opened the eyes of secondary students as well as their parents.
Out of all university graduates, graduates of pharmacy studies receive the highest starting monthly wage, €1,066, the Trend economic weekly wrote, citing data from the social security provider Sociálna Poisťovňa and the Central Register of Students. Graduates of IT programmes followed with €975. The best universities in terms of wages earned by graduates are the Slovak University of Technology, the University of Economics, Comenius University – all in Bratislava – and the Technical University of Košice. STU’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology placed highest among faculties, with an average graduate starting salary of €1,347.