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Transition strategies and labour market integration of Greek university graduates

Greece has today the highest youth unemployment rate in the [European Union] EU-27 while employment precariousness is disproportionately concentrated among young workers. Youth unemployment and employment precariousness are extremely high even among higher education graduates, generating a very long period of transition from education to work. Protracted transition calls for the development of diverse strategies for successful labour market integration before and after graduation.

Greece has today the highest youth unemployment rate in the [European Union] EU-27 while employment precariousness is ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Karamessini, Maria
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: Greece; Europe
Resource type: Paper
Series name: Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe GreeSE paper
Subjects: Students; Higher education; Employment;

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Persistence, perseverance, and success (PPS): a case study to describe motivational factors that encourage Zimbabwe Open University ODL students to enroll, persist, and graduate with master's and doctorate credentials

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe motivational factors that increased open distance learning (ODL) students' capacity to successfully graduate with master's and doctoral credentials. Study background revealed that Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) persistently experiences increased levels of student dropout and competition from conventional universities that introduce ODL through 'block-release' programs. [The authors] used a descriptive qualitative research approach to collect and analyze data - hence, data collection through audio-recorded open-ended semi-structured interviews helped to maintain accurate accounts of data. [The authors] presented data through themed reporting enhanced by direct quotes from participants. [The] research broadly concluded that once participants registered to study, perceived attention from various social angles created immense motivational factors ranging from institution motivators, personal factors, and social-generated motivators such as fear of what society would think of them all motivated them to persist and graduate with proposed credentials.

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe motivational factors that increased open distance learning (ODL) ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Madhlangobe, Lewis; Chikasha, Jennifer; Mafa, Onias;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; Zimbabwe
Journal title: SAGE open
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Students; Participation;

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The Bologna Process and the dynamics of academic mobility: a comparative approach to Romania and Turkey

Recent changes that have occurred in the European higher education system are grounded on the options of continental countries, expressed in the Bologna Declaration, to achieve a single European space in this field by the year 2010. The purpose of this paper is to develop a better understanding of student mobility in the process of internationalization of higher education in a South European context. The rationale of the study is that student mobility has long been the most important dimension of the process of internationalization of higher education. At the moment there is increasing demand for higher education, as a consequence of demographic trends and the need for new degrees and diploma programs.

Recent changes that have occurred in the European higher education system are grounded on the options of continental ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Roman, Monica; Mizikaci, Fatma; Goschin, Zizi
Date: 2008
Geographic subjects: Europe; Romania; Turkey
Journal title: Romanian journal of economics
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Governance; International education;

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How do we ensure quality in an expanding higher education system?

The higher education system in England is changing at an unprecedented rate. This report considers what kind of quality assurance system is going to be fit for this more complex new world of expanding higher education. Quality assurance does, and should, sit within a broader framework for regulation of providers. The authors have set out recommendations for the future of the quality assurance system in England.

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Corporate authors: University Alliance
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Quality; Providers of education and training;

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The match between university education and graduate labour market outcomes (education-job match): an analysis of three graduate cohorts in Catalonia

The purpose of this study was precisely to analyse the public higher education system in Catalonia as a whole in relation to the ongoing development of the learning model over the last ten years, of its match in terms of the requirements of the skilled labour market and the returns obtained by graduates in terms of the quality of their jobs and employment three years after graduation. Using the graduates' own perceptions, an analysis was made of the response by higher education institutions, and the way this response has changed, to social demands for education and learning that are more appropriate in the workplace; how the skilled labour market has changed in terms of the selection and assessment of certain professional skills and competences; and the ways in which the postgraduate learning strategies of university graduates have changed to increase their competitiveness and distinctiveness in the labour market.

The purpose of this study was precisely to analyse the public higher education system in Catalonia as a whole in relation to ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Corominas, Enric; Saurina, Carme; Villar, Esperanca
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: Spain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Series name: Studies on higher education and graduate employment
Subjects: Students; Labour market; Outcomes;

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Enthusiasts, fence-sitters and sceptics: faculty perspectives on study abroad in Australia and the Czech Republic

Although governments and universities worldwide recognise the value of study abroad as a means to prepare graduates to live and work in a globalising world, there is a wide gap between the rhetoric and reality. The reasons for this are complex, but one factor, not often discussed, is the role academics play in study abroad. This paper explores academics' perceptions of study abroad in universities within two higher education systems: Australian and Czech. Findings from both countries are considered across four themes: academics' perceived value of study abroad; 'internationalising' academic staff; academics' concerns about student equity; and integrating study abroad into the curriculum at home. The implications for practice and further research are discussed.

Although governments and universities worldwide recognise the value of study abroad as a means to prepare graduates to live ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Green, Wendy; Mertova, Patricie
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania; Czech Republic;
Journal title: Higher education research and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: International education; Higher education; Students;

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Adults learning, vol. 25, no. 2, Winter 2013

Feature articles in this issue include: We need to talk about part-time (pages 8-13); We can do more to support mature students / Chris Brill (pages 14-15); 1963 and all that: what Robbins thought about mature students / Paul Stanistreet (pages 16-19); The limitations of widening participation / Stephen Gorard (pages 20-21); Behind the headlines / John Field (pages 22-24); Whitehead and after: the future of vocational education / Tom Wilson and David Grailey (pages 25-27); Back to the future / Peter Wilson (pages 28-29); A triumph of hope over experience / Ewart Keep (pages 30-31); Seeing past smoke and mirrors / Mick Fletcher (pages 32-33); Room at the top? / Tom Schuller.

Feature articles in this issue include: We need to talk about part-time (pages 8-13); We can do more to support mature ...  Show Full Abstract  

Corporate authors: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (England and Wales) (NIACE)
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Journal issue
Subjects: Adult and community education; Lifelong learning; Students;

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An investigation of research self-efficacy beliefs and research productivity among faculty members at an emerging research university in the USA

The purposes of this study are to add to the existing knowledge base on research self-efficacy beliefs of faculty members and their influence on research productivity, and to inform higher education administrators about the relationship between research self-efficacy beliefs and research productivity. A theoretical framework of social cognitive theory underpins the study in which 109 faculty members completed the Research Self-Efficacy Inventory and Research Productivity Index. Quantitative analysis indicated that there is a significant but small correlation between research self-efficacy and productivity.

The purposes of this study are to add to the existing knowledge base on research self-efficacy beliefs of faculty members ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Pasupathy, Rubini; Siwatu, Kamau Oginga
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Higher education research and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Research; Higher education; Providers of education and training;

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Quality assurance strategies for affiliated institutions of HE: a case study of the affiliates under the National University of Bangladesh

Presently, education is considered as the main weapon for national development. However, this tenet has been challenged by several economists. Their findings give rise to a further question: whilst expansion of education increases globally, what is it exactly that continues to hinder a country's progression? There is no short answer, but one major area of concern is the quality and relevance of the education available. Research for this paper, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, has been carried out by interviews and observation in the affiliates of the National University of Bangladesh, where 80 per cent of the students in higher education are underprivileged. The findings show that the legislators ignore the fact that quality of education in the affiliates is perceived as important.

Presently, education is considered as the main weapon for national development. However, this tenet has been challenged by ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Alam, Gazi Mahabubul; Mishra, Pradip Kumar; Shahjamal, Mirja Mohammad
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Bangladesh; Asia
Journal title: Higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Quality; Higher education; Research;

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Mickey Mouse learning: discourses of the vocational/technical in higher education

[In this paper the authors argue that] within the frame of UK [higher education] HE policy making, discursive distinctions between 'academic' learning and 'vocational/technical' skills for 'employability' are being used to justify contemporary reform of HE. This paper seeks to investigate this reform agenda from a practitioner perspective using two case studies from Newman University: the first explores an attempt to move beyond deficit models of graduate skills gaps, drawing upon current practices in work-related learning within undergraduate programs; and the second investigates the discursive marginalisation of media studies, its subsequent excision from the portfolio of courses offered and associated wider implications of reform in terms of preparing students for their career aspirations.

[In this paper the authors argue that] within the frame of UK [higher education] HE policy making, discursive distinctions ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Richmond, Harriet; Sanders, Richard
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Research; Higher education; Employment;

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