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AIS Global IS Education Report 2017

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This report, the 2nd AIS Global IS Education Report, is an attempt to provide an integrated view of Information Systems (IS) educational offerings around the world. The academic field of Information Systems, which studies the design, use, and impact of IS, is based on a long-standing tradition that is today more relevant than ever. The digital age connects not only people but also objects in our everyday lives, capturing and exchanging information and facilitating efficient, sustainable, and enjoyable user experiences. The World Economic Forum 2016 identified competencies in IS design and use as a key to professional success. While many white-collar jobs are expected to vanish because of automation and fundamental change of work, experts see a significant demand for competencies developed by IS education.

The field of IS, as an academic discipline, has developed an impressive collection of educational programs and resources worldwide, but until now there has been no consolidated account of such offerings on a global scale. The Association for Information Systems, the global association for IS academics, has collected and connected such offerings on the Internet platform During the first two years of effort, more than 440 institutions in 63 countries have been registered. These institutions were invited to take part in this 2nd Global Information Systems Education Report. The data in the report is based on entries to the platform provided by institutions by November 30, 2016, and it includes more than 2,900 courses in more than 740 programs. The collection will be updated continually via the platform, and an updated report will be issued each year.

We are grateful for the extraordinary support of the IS community. The institutions themselves provided all data. For the second time, we can provide statistics on the various types of offerings, and the 2017 report already provides valuable guidance on where and how to acquire competencies in the important area of IS. The report covers all global regions and offerings at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels, including the programs’ thematic foci. Since this report is only a start towards bringing together the global IS educational offerings, we encourage readers to look at institutions’ online profiles, which are updated throughout the year.

We thank all the people who have been instrumental in making this report possible, in particular, Magdalena Eggarter, Stefan Fleischer, Inga Hämmerle, Christina Mathis, Matthias Tietz and Isabell Wohlgenannt. We hope you will enjoy reading the report and 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.