Completed Projects (Selection)

STEM at public universities, universities of applied sciences and the labour market. A baseline study

Original Title: MINT an öffentlichen Universitäten, Fachhochschulen sowie am Arbeitsmarkt. Eine Bestandsaufnahme
Project Team: David Binder, Bianca Thaler, Martin Unger, Brigitte Ecker, Patrick Mathä, Sarah Zaussinger
Project Duration: 2016-2017
Project Commissioner: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy

Project Information:
There is an ongoing discussion regarding a shortage of graduates in the so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This baseline study aims to provide an information base against which to assess the supply of graduates in STEM-related subjects and their labour market status. It includes an extensive literature review, data analysis using various data sources (National HEI Statistics, National Labour Market Statistics, Student Social Survey) as well as expert interviews.

Research report in the IHS Repository (in German)

Student Social Survey 2015

Original Title: Studierenden-Sozialerhebung 2015
Project Team: Sarah Zaussinger; Martin Unger; Bianca Thaler; Anna Dibiasi; Angelika Grabher; Berta Terzieva; Julia Litofcenko; David Binder; Julia Brenner; Sara Stjepanovic; Patrick Mathä; Andrea Kulhanek
Project Duration: 2015-2017
Project Commissioner: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
Project Information: A broad based online-survey directed at students in Austria, carried out at regular intervals since the 1970s. The survey provides an overview of the study situation and living conditions of different groups of students. It covers a wide spectrum of topics relating to the social situation of students.
Project Website:
Twitter: @sozialerhebung

best1: Studying with Impairments [in Germany]

Original Title: best1: beeinträchtigt studieren [in Deutschland]
Project Team: Sarah Zaussinger, Martin Unger, Petra Wejwar, Andrea Kulhanek
Project Duration: 2010-2012
Project in Cooperation with: DZHW, DSW
Project Information: A broad based online-survey directed at students in Germany, who have a disability or a long-term/chronic illness with a negative impact on their everyday life as a student.
Project website: (in German)

Student mobility in the EHEA

Project Team: Angelika Grabher, Petra Wejwar, Martin Unger, Berta Terzieva, Julia Litofcenko
Project Duration: 09.2013–01.2014
Project Funding: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy; a project for the international Bologna Follow-Up Group
Project Information: The project provides an in-depth look at the major factors promoting or more importantly impeding short-term stays abroad (credit mobility), as well as at the imbalanced distribution of long-term mobile students (degree mobility) in the EHEA.
Find out more:
Tables and interactive diagramms
Research report in the IHS Repository

PL4SD (Peer Learning for the Social Dimension)

Project Team: Martin Unger, Iris Schwarzenbacher, Petra Wejwar, Sarah Zaussinger, Andrea Kulhanek, Georg Fochler
Project Duration: 2012–2015
Project Funding: Lifelong-Learning Programm (EACEA)
Project Information:Peer Learning for the Social Dimension provided policy-makers and practitioners with resources to develop effective measures for ensuring the social dimension in higher education. The three pillars of the project were a broad database of policy measures, country reviews of the social dimension in three countries (Lithuania, Armenia, Croatia) and two international conferences ( PL4SD collaborated closely with bodies of the Bologna process.
Project Website:
Twitter: @PL4SD
Project Report in the IHS Repository

Dropouts ≠ Dropouts. Pathways after Leaving University

Project Team: Martin Unger, Bianca Thaler, Georg Fochler, Julia Litofcenko, Stephan Kratochwill
Project Duration: 2013–2014
Project Commissioner: Universities Austria (uniko)
Project Information: An analysis of the paths of students after dropping out of university, using data from the Labour Market Database.
Project Report in the IHS Repository (in German)