EURASHE, with the input from BUSINESSEUROPE, contributed to the preparation of the Background paper for the Third Bologna Policy Forum in Bucharest (April 27th, 2012) on the Contribution of Higher Education Reforms to Enhancing Graduate Employability.
The role of higher education has evolved in the more complex societies we are living in. Society values (higher) education more than ever - pointing to knowledge as a powerful driver of change and development. Education plays a key role in the life of citizens, as it responds to the various needs of individuals and society as a whole. Understandably, more and more young people choose an education that they believe will secure their prospective employment. However, such a short-term vision may not necessarily be the best guarantee for sustainable employment, as generic skills and a sound general education background constitute the firmest basis for finding employment. A diversified offer of programs seems to respond more accurately to the diverse needs of society in rapidly changing contexts, as well as an increased mobility of students and workers.
There are challenges such as the study -to-work transition, or the involvement of businesses' stakeholders. In this context, a reflection is needed on the efforts that regions and individual countries are making to educate more employable graduates. There is a growing awareness among both governments and stakeholders that an exchange of relevant policies and experiences with other regions in the world will also stimulate global employment.
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