Fields of Study

The 2001 NPHE set enrollment target rates by field of study as

  • • 40 percent in the humanities and social sciences,
  • • 30 percent in business and commerce, and
  • • 30 percent in science and engineering.105

The enrollment rates in the humanities and social sciences dropped from a peak of 58 percent in 1995 to 42.3 percent in 2005, slightly higher than the target of 40 percent but significantly lower than the 1995 figure. At the same time, enrollments in the fields of study in business, commerce, science, technology, and engineering almost doubled during that same time, although they remained below the NPHE target rates.106

In 2010, the newly formed Ministry of Higher Education and Training set new target rates:

  • • maintaining the 30 percent target for science and technology,
  • • increasing business to 33 percent, and

• combining the humanities and education while significantly reducing the target to 37 percent.107

By 2013, all fields of study showed absolute growth in terms of number enrolled. Yet the percentage of students enrolled in business decreased slightly from 29 percent in 2008 to 28.4 percent, while those enrolled in science and technology increased from 28 percent to 28.8 percent, and those enrolled in the humanities (including education) decreased slightly from 43 percent to 42.5 percent.108

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