The Informatics, Engineering, Agriculture and Science Training Scholarship Programme (hereinafter: the Scholarship Program) aims to contribute to a significant reduction in student drop-out rates by obtaining a higher education degree as soon as possible in the relevant fields of study. In the case of all fields of study, but especially in the case of science courses, another objective is to increase the number of students, who participate in master's programme, and to strengthen the supply of teachers and researchers. The programme aims to deliver both scholarships as well as 'catch-up programmes' to students in need. The objectives of the programme are aligned with broader (governmental) policies, in particular:
- Gear shifting in higher education medium-term policy strategy 2016: increase the number of students and graduates in mathematics, science, technology and informatics, significantly reduce drop-out rates, support student’s success in the distribution methodology of study-based scholarships and in the field of the training, increase the student’s performance, knowledge and thus the quality of training.
- Digital Education Strategy of Hungary (Action 10): In order to meet the labour demands of government programs for the development of the digital economy and the digital industry, the Hungarian Government is launching programs that go beyond traditional forms of training and reduce labour shortages that threaten the development of IT businesses and digital economy in a short term as well. Action plan point 10/11. : Additional funding must be provided for scholarships from 2018, to progressively increase the number of students in IT programmes.
- 1840/2017. (XI. 10.) Government Decree point 4 / c.: the Government requests the Minister of National Economy, the Minister of Human Resources and the Minister of Agriculture to develop a scholarship programme for students, who studying or applying for agricultural higher education and to make a proposal to the Government about the conditions for the introduction of the scholarship programme and the required amount of resources.
- Increasing the number of female students in IT training, in accordance with the EU's Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI index) should be supported as a horizontal objective.