Employability in context of the Bologna Process

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Author(s)Gayane Harutyunyan
In 2007 in London ministers identified employability as one of the priorities for the period leading to the next ministerial conference in April 2009. Employability has been one of the main aims to be achieved with the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) from the very beginning . Nevertheless, many of the concerns still exist - among employers, students, academics, higher education institutions and governments.

2012 Bucharest Communiqué committed “to enhance the employability and personal and professional development of graduates throughout their careers” to serve Europe’s needs”. The Ministers stressed the role of cooperation between employers, students and higher education institutions in achieving this goal. Furthermore, lifelong learning was acknowledged as one of the important factors in meeting the needs of a changing labour market; and it was also highlighted that higher education institutions play a central role in transferring knowledge and strengthening regional development.
Finally, the Ministers pointed at the learning mobility as essential to ensure the quality of higher education, enhance students’ employability and expand cross-border collaboration within the EHEA and beyond.
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