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AIS Global IS Education Report 2018

Shared by: by Association for Information Systems, AIS on June 14, 2018: 13:38 CEST


For the third time, the AIS Global IS Education Report presents a global overview of educational offerings in the field of Information Systems. This field studies the design, use, and impact of information systems in organizations, which are often enabled by Internet-based services. With growing Internet access and use, increasing numbers of objects in our everyday lives are connected to the Internet—objects that not only capture and exchange information but that also facilitate efficient, sustainable, and enjoyable user experiences. For professionals, competencies in information-systems design and use are keys to success. While many white-collar jobs are expected to vanish because of automation and fundamental changes in how we work, the competencies developed by information systems education will be increasingly in demand.

The academic discipline of information systems has developed an impressive collection of educational programs and resources from around the world. The Association for Information Systems (AIS), a global community of information-systems academics, has collected and connected such offerings via the Internet platform Today, more than 530 institutions in 63 countries have been registered, with ninety institutions added in just the last year. The data in this Global Information Systems Education Report is based on entries to the platform these institutions provided (as of November 30, 2017), consisting of more than 3,100 courses from more than 940 programs (+200 courses and +200 programs compared to last year). The collection will be updated continually via the platform throughout the year, and an updated report will be issued each year.

The report provides statistics on many kinds of offerings and guidance on where and how to acquire competencies in a variety of areas in information systems and covers all global regions and offerings at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels. This report is an effort to bring together the global IS educational offerings in the field of information systems, so we encourage readers to look at the individual institutions’ online profiles, which are updated throughout the year, for additional details and information.

We thank everyone who has helped to make this report possible, but particularly Magdalena Eggarter, Stefan Fleischer, Michael Gau, Marina Hagen-Canaval, Christina Mathis, and Isabell Wohlgenannt. We are grateful for the extraordinary support of the information systems community.

We hope you will enjoy reading the report and will find it useful. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Vaduz, Liechtenstein│Singapore│ Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Jan vom Brocke│Bernard C.Y. Tan│Heikki Topi│Markus Weinmann

Recommended use for teaching

This report gives an overview of IS Education programs around the world. You can use it e.g. to

- analyse IS educational programs

- design your own programs

- benchmark your programs

- present the IS discipline in class.