EURASHE is a partner in the WEXHE project.

EU countries have experienced a substantial increase in graduate unemployment and a decrease of quality of their employment. European graduates report continuously that they are worried about their careers, while employers voice their concerns over increasing difficulties in finding graduates with matching skills.

Within this context, the WEXHE project responds to the concerns expressed by stakeholders on the shortcomings in the labour market orientation of HE, focusing 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.

  • In the WEXHE project, enterprises, associations and universities come together to identify and analyse current provision of work experience and entrepreneurship in HE in 7 different European countries.

    The team will generate 84 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 entrepreneurship.

    Working with practitioners, the project will create 12 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 team has identified three main goals to accomplish:

• to increase the capacity and competences of staff in universities and enterprises to provide high quality work experience and entrepreneurship,
• to support the accreditation of all kinds of work experience through ECTS and effective quality assurance,
• to 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 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... 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
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied... 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... 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... 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