SOME ASPECTS IN CONTEXT OF RESOLVING QUESTIONS OF INNOVATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SLOVAK REPUBLIC
By entering the European Union, Slovakia became a part of it not only from the geographical perspective. The quality of higher education is no longer judged only from our - internal perspective, but also from the European perspective, to say the least. The Slovakian educational system is in comparison against the European average rather financially undersized, which indicates that Slovakia has not got the greatest potential of growth of the quality of higher education. From the countries of the Visegrad Four (V4), Slovakia has got no University which would qualify as one of the best worldwide and there is also a lack of interest in undertaking higher education in Slovakia from students from abroad.
When comparing with the countries of V4, we can observe a significant lack of mobility of students. In Czech Republic the mobility of students represents only one third of its value in Slovakia, regardless the fact there is a higher number of students. This fact can be the prove of the quality of higher education as students feel the need to seek after a better quality educational institution abroad. Higher mobility of university students could possibly enhance the flow of expertise from abroad as well as contribute to the improvement of higher education in Slovakia.
One of the aspects of judging the current situation of the higher education in certain fields represents the view of academic personnel. The main reason why academic disciplines are being included into files of study at higher education is to encourage development of those competencies, which have the broadest transfer for students, particularly the competencies that are transferable into practise when searching for a job, i.e. competencies that contribute towards higher professional performance in a particular industry. Therefore the question is how important is the extent to which students find its content interesting and significant to study specific educational topics from individual study areas that are part of their educational portfolio? Is the educational content of specific educational topics interesting from their personal perspective? What is the power of other factors influencing or stipulating the improvement of higher education in certain educational profiling in aspect of the requirements of current practise? Taking into consideration the above, in this report the authors at the level of quantitative statistical analyses present some outcomes of international monitoring. The goal of this international monitoring was to map the current situation and perspectives of Information Technology studies at higher education in selected economic and leadership curricula profiling. The research was aimed broadly so that the results provide the exact platform of outcomes for complete innovation, respectively modification of the informatics preparation of students engaged in the said study profiling at our colleges and universities.
The article partly reflects some the outcome of the national project titled Universities as development engines of educated society.