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Employability enhancement

In their programmes, our students prepare for the transition to the job market in different ways: skills training, exploring the work field, contact with employers and practical experience.

Students have signalled clearly that they want to have a stronger orientation towards the labour market. This has implications for our curricula and for the knowledge and skills that form their core.

Skills

It calls for more focus on so-called ‘transferable skills’: academic, digital, intercultural, communication and social skills and competences such as leadership and entrepreneurship, skills that are applied in different situations and are not bound to a specific discipline.

Interaction

But it also calls for competences that are related to a particular profession, sector or discipline: non-transferable skills. To be able to incorporate transferable and non- transferable skills effectively into our current teaching requires good interaction with the environment around us, including that of the labour market. Partnerships with these parties – public organisations, companies, professional organisations and suchlike – can strengthen this interaction. Alumni and study associations can also play a key role in these collaborations.

Community of Practice

The community comprises staff from programmes that aim to integrate the link to the job market. The group comes together as part of the university-wide Employability project and related own education plans.

The community is led by a dedicated project leader in collaboration with the project team and all project partners. Apart from sharing project objectives and results, the community shares knowledge and experiences, it develops supportive tools and organises various activities, brainstorms and meetings. The community meets once every three months.

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