EURASHE is a partner in the WEXHE project on Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education.

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The project responds to the concerns expressed by stakeholders on the shortcomings in the labour market orientation of HE, focussing on the balance between practical and theoretical learning in HE and to mismatches between the skills sets of graduates
and the skills they require during early careers. EU countries have experienced a substantial increase in graduate unemployment and a decrease of quality of their employment. European students and graduates report continuously that they are worried about their careers. At the same time employers and employers’ organisations report they are having increasing difficulties in finding graduates with matching skills.

In this Knowledge Alliance Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education (WEXHE), enterprises, associations and universities – all having a leading role in networks covering the relationship between the world of work and higher education,- come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience and entrepreneurship in HE in 7 different European countries, generating 54 case studies of good practice including all four types of study areas (hard-pure, e.g. natural sciences; soft-pure, e.g. humanities and social sciences; hard-applied, e.g. medicine and soft-applied, e.g. social work, covering internships/work placements, traineeships and entrepreneurships. Working with practitioners, it will create 9 replicable models for work experience and entrepreneurship, together with guidance on management, quality assurance, learning outcomes, funding and accreditation. These models will cover and support the 4 study areas and will be tailored to national contexts. There will be a special emphasis on the Humanities for which the transition to the labour market is least transparent and the number of students is considerable.

The project aims to:

  • increase the capacity (competences) of staff (in particular supervisors) in universities and enterprises to provide high quality work experience
    (placements/internships, traineeships) and entrepreneurship,
  • support the accreditation of all kinds of work experience through ECTS and effective quality assurance,
  • ensure that the skills needs of employers are understood.

The project will review existing policy development and support further policy development in this field.

Following are EURASHE news items related to the project:

  • EURASHE 2017 work programme 30/11/2016 - In 2017 EURASHE will continue to address its 4 thematic areas; the 2017 work programme comprises: Mission of professional higher education Our 27th Annual Conference organised on 30-31 March in Le Havre (France)... Read more
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    Following are events related to the project:

    Following are documents in EURASHE’s library that are related to the project:

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    Following are the partners of the project:

  • Chamber of Commerce of Spain - The figure of the Chamber of Commerce was created by the Royal Decree of 9 April 1886, with the recognition of the existing associations of merchants, industrialists and shipbuilders. In 1993,... Read more
  • European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) - The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is a voluntary association of European quality assurance agencies and currently comprises 40 members and 49 affiliates. Its aim is... Read more
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences - Münster University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 August 1971 after the merger of public and private schools of construction and engineering and vocational training institutions. Back then, the... Read more
  • Novatex Solutions Ltd - Novatex Solutions Ltd was established in 1999 in Cyprus by a team of highly motivated and enthusiastic engineers. Its divided in the Scientific Instruments and Supplies division (since 2001), Research Division (since 2006), National... Read more
  • The Polish Chamber of Commerce (PCC) - The Polish Chamber of Commerce (PCC), founded in 1990, is the largest economic self-government institution in Poland. It includes over 150 business organizations. PCC’s mission is to establish and develop... Read more
  • University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) - The University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) is a vibrant network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. UIIN’s 200+ members from more than 25 countries include Higher... Read more
  • University of Groningen - The University of Groningen (1614) is a research university with a global outlook. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years: the University is in the top 100 of... Read more
  • University of Ljubljana - University of Ljubljana is an institution with a very rich tradition. It was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long-established pedagogical tradition. It is a very large university,... Read more
  • University of Warwick - We’re a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. But we’re not letting the story end there. That’s because we’re a place of possibility. We’re always looking for... Read more