EUROGRADUATE – Feasibility study for a European graduate study

EURASHE is in the stakeholders’ board of the EUROGRADUATE project on a Feasibility study for a European graduate study.

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The EUROGRADUATE feasibility study asks if and how a sustainable study on Europe’s higher education graduates could be established. To this end it systematically explores:

  • The requirements for a European graduate study: What would a European graduate study need to deliver in the eyes of the various stakeholders? What kind of questions should it be able to answer? How important is it to set up such a study? Key stakeholders’ views on these issues will be investigated. Key stakeholders are: decision makers at the regional, national, and European level, higher education professionals, students, employers, employees, and researchers.
  • The existing capacities for monitoring European graduates: A variety of European and international data sets regularly provide comparative information on European higher education graduates. To what extent are these data sets able to cover the needs for information of the stakeholders? What are their advantages and shortcomings? What information is lacking that a European graduate study would need to provide?
  • The point of departure at national level: How are higher education graduates monitored and studied in the different European countries? What are the similarities and differences between the different national approaches? How could a European graduate study tie in with them? Are there common patterns a European graduate study could build on?
  • The options for organizing and financing a European graduate study: How could a European graduate study be organized for an efficient and effective collaboration among the partners involved? How should it be set up to lead to a sustainable project and allow for growing number of countries covered? What are suitable sources of funding and how can they be made accessible?
Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

  • Testing the Feasibility of a European Graduate Study 21/3/2016 - The EUROGRADUATE project has published its final outcome, its report on Testing the Feasibility of a European Graduate Study. Readers have before them the results of a remarkable undertaking, one... Read more
  • Final seminar of the EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study on 15 March in Berlin, Germany 22/2/2016 - Registration for the final seminar of the EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study will close on Monday 29 February. The EUROGRADUATE final seminal will take place on 15 March 2016 at Humboldt-University in Berlin... Read more
  • EUROGRADUATE_feasibility_reportThe EUROGRADUATE project has published its final outcome, its report on Testing the Feasibility of a European Graduate Study.

    Readers have before them the results of a remarkable undertaking, one in keeping with other European multi-national inquiries and analyses. Here is an exemplary case of the search for guidance through pathways of data that do not currently exist. Like the histories of early European explorers, it is reflective of the best of navigational planning. Where are we going and how, the planners ask? What are the unknown territories like? How long will it take to arrive at and return from our destination? What provisions do we need? Who will be in charge? Who will comprise the crew? What are their tasks? These are not unfamiliar questions in European history. They are all asked well in advance of the departure of ships. In fact, the answers to these questions provide benchmarks for determining whether the voyage will take place at all.

    Thus, a feasibility study, managed by four organisations in three countries, involving analyses of existing and past studies (both pan-European and individual countries), surveys, and interviews – all covering 34 higher education systems in 32 countries. From ministries to rectors’ conferences, to research groups to student groups: the European Graduate Survey feasibility study explored all, and in depth.

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    Following are events related to the project:

    Final Seminar of the EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study
    Berlin (Germany), 15 Mar 2016,
    EUROGRADUATE Stakeholders' Board
    Brussels (Belgium), 22 Sep 2015,
    EUROGRADUATE Stakeholders' Board
    Brussels (Belgium), 29 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014,
    EUROGRADUATE Stakeholders' Board
    Brussels (Belgium), 27 May 2014,
    Following are the partners of the project, EURASHE is in the stakeholders’ board:

  • Education Policy Centre, Charles University in Prague (EPC) - Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan and prestigious institution of... Read more
  • European Students’ Union (ESU) - The European Students’ Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social,... Read more
  • German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW) - DZHW carries out basic research with practical applications in the field of higher education and the sciences. It sees itself as a partner of as well as service provider for... Read more
  • Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) - The Institute for Advanced Studies is an independent, non-profit research Institute covering the areas of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. Since its inception in 1963 the IHS has been, and... Read more
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    Following are some of the experts involved in the project:

  • Johan Cloet - Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Michael Gaebel - Michael Gaebel is the head of the Higher Education Policy Unit, which focuses on issues related to higher education learning and teaching, including the Bologna Process, lifelong learning, e-learning and... Read more
  • Bettine Gola - more to come soon…
  • Kai Mühleck - Kai Mühleck studied political science, economics, and sociology at the Universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Manchester (United Kingdom). In 2001 he graduated at the University of Heidelberg. 2001-08 he worked... Read more
  • Rolf Van der Velden - Rolf van der Velden (1955) is professor at Maastricht University and program director Education and Occupational Career at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). He is... Read more
  • Alexandre Wipf - Alexandre Wipf is the previous policy and communications officer at EURASHE. Within the secretariat he was in charge of the implementation of quality assurance related activities (policy, projects, events, representation,... Read more