The demand, content, and entrance criteria of operations management programmes under the context of internationalization: an empirical comparative investigation

Chengbo Wang, Xuezhong Chen, David Edgar, Yang Zhao

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Abstract

Operations Management Programmes (OMPs) are among those teaching provisions attracting a substantial amount of international student enrollment, in contemporary Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). With the current situation that the government is reducing its funding input, the UK HEIs' financial balance relies more than before on the international students who pay higher tuition fees; meanwhile, with the increased number of the international students, the whole nation's economy will be indirectly benefited from the increased consumption capacity associated with them. Thus to have more overseas students is not only educationally meaningful but also economically significant. In order to increase the international student number in HEIs, it becomes more critical to have a thorough understanding of the stakeholders' demand of operations management professionals and/or preference on such an education programme's content and its graduates' competence. This chapter focuses on postgraduate level OMP, through comparing viewpoints obtained from stakeholders (hereon refer to the potential employers, academics and students) in UK and China, presents an empirical comparative investigation on the demand trend of the graduates from OMPs, as well as the preferred programme content, necessary student capability/skills and admission criteria for joining the study of such a programme.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdult Education and Vocational Training in the Digital Age
EditorsViktor Wang
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter5
Pages75-97
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781522509301
ISBN (Print)9781522509295
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Operations Management Programmes (OMPs)
  • Higher Education Institutes (HEIs)
  • international students

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