Author(s):Andreas Saniter (presenting), Yulia Shumilova

Conference:ECER 2016, Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers

Network:02. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)

Format:Symposium Paper

Session Information

02 SES 13 B, Patterns of Cooperation Between Higher Education and the World of Work



Room:Vet-Theatre 115

Chair:Vidmantas Tutlys


Open Universities Or Only New Programmes - But Old Participants?

All over Europe national authorities are aiming at increasing the quality of HE-programmes, especially in terms of referring to labour-market needs; additionally the amount of placements at HE is increasing; being in-line with the interests of the younger population and the corresponding recommendations of European commission and council or OECD: “Tertiary institutions not only have to meet the growing demand for university education by expanding the number of places they offer, they also have to adapt programmes and teaching methods to match the changing needs of a more diverse generation of students.” (OECD2013) But preconditions and thus approaches are different; some countries like Spain, the UK or Finland have traditionally a high ratio of school leavers with university entrance diploma, others like Czech Republic and Turkey are constantly working on increasing this ratio. On the other hand Germany, and partly the UK also, are trying to increase the amount of potential students by opening chosen programmes for vocationally qualified students, recognising LO from work experience. All presentations will deliver arguments for both possible answers on each category and will ask the audience for their estimations on how to improve/further develop the cooperation between HE and the world of work.


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Author Information

Andreas Saniter (presenting)
Universitaet Bremen
Yulia Shumilova
University of Tampere