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1 New Skills for Jobs was heißt das in der Praxis? Peter Baur OEAD Konferenz Wien, 29 September 2011 New Skills for Jobs - was heiβt das in der Praxis? Plan Political context (EU 2020 and flagship initiatives) Agenda for new skills and jobs Agenda for the modernisation of Higher Education University-Business Cooperation 2 Europe 2020 Strategy 7 flagship initiatives Smart Growth Innovation «Innovation Union» Education and employment «Youth on the move» Digital society «A digital agenda for Europe» Sustainable Growth Climate, energy and mobility «Resource efficient Europe» Competitiveness «An industrial policy for the globalisation era» Inclusive Growth Employment and skills «Agenda for new skills and jobs Fighting poverty «European platform against poverty» 3 1

2 Europe 2020 E&T 2020 Education and Training 2020 Strategic framework for Open Method of Coordination in E&T Four key areas * Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality * Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training * Promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship * Enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training 4 New Skills for Jobs - was heiβt das in der Praxis? Plan Political context (EU 2020 and flagship initiatives) Agenda for new skills and jobs Agenda for the modernisation of Higher Education University-Business Cooperation 5 Flagship An agenda for new skills and jobs Better functioning of EU labour markets & flexicurity Right skills for right jobs Improving the quality of work and working conditions Creating jobs 6 2

3 Skills gap: current and future challenges Education and training are still the best insurance against unemployment Skills are crucial for innovation Jobs becoming more knowledge and skills intensive: by % of all jobs will require high level qualifications Over 80 million adults hampered by low levels of basic skills Skills shortage in some sectors: ICT, sciences, mathematics, and engineering, health 7 Right skills for right jobs Labour market intelligence and skills governance Reaping the potential of migration Providing the right mix of skills Matching people s skills and job opportunities Enhancing geographical mobility within the EU 8 Modernisation of education and training systems A new communication on Higher education Excellence in vocational education and training New initiatives on transversal skills: - languages - digital literacy and fluency - creativity and entrepreneurial skills 9 3

4 New Skills for Jobs - was heiβt das in der Praxis? Plan Political context (EU 2020 and flagship initiatives) Agenda for new skills and jobs Agenda for the modernisation of Higher Education University-Business Cooperation 10 An agenda for the modernisation of Higher Education Europe needs more graduates Quality, relevance and employability Higher education s contribution to economic recovery and long term growth 11 Progress towards the 40% target Higher education attainment % year olds (*) (*) IE DK LU SE FI CY BE LT FR UK NL ES EE PL SI EU LV DE EL BG HU AT PT SK CZ IT MT RO 2010 attainment level Europe 2020 target Europe 2020 national target 12 4

5 Higher education shields against unemployment Annual unemployment rate NL LU AT CY UK DK CZ DE RO SI SE FI BE IT FR EU PL BG HU PT EL IE SK EE LT LV ES Low er Secondary Upper Secondary Tertiary 13 Key policy messages (1) Increase attainment levels (in line with Europe 2020 agreed national targets), including among underrepresented - Progression routes and recognition of prior learning and experience - Outreach to underrepresented groups, guidance and targeted financial support - Reduce drop-out Improve quality and relevance - Graduate employability - Tailoring learning modes to a diverse student body - Motivating and rewarding excellent teachers - Programmes informed by and adapted to labour market needs 14 Key policy messages (2) Quality through mobility & international co-operation - Learning mobility windows and moving between programmes - Efficient recognition of studies abroad - Improving access and employment conditions for non-eu students and researchers Education, research & business for excellence and regional development - Stimulating entrepreneurial, creative and innovation skills and environments - Encouraging partnership and co-operation with business - Involvement of HE institutions in regional development plans Governance and Funding to support strategic choices - Sufficient, efficient and well-targeted funding - Empowering institutions to play to their strengths 15 5

6 EU-level action (1) Improving the evidence base to support policy-making and increase transparency - U-Multirank - Better data on mobility and employment outcomes and matching skills with jobs - Analysis and peer learning on funding approaches - High level group to look at key topics for modernising HE Promoting learning mobility & international cooperation - Erasmus Masters student loan guarantee - Strengthened ECTS - Analysis of student mobility flows and franchise education 16 EU-level action (2) Innovation, job creation and employability Strategic Innovation Agenda and Knowledge Alliances European Industrial PhD Quality framework for traineeships Internationalisation of higher education Promoting the EU as a study and research destination Facilitating mobility and exchanges of students and researchers with countries outside the EU Strengthening complementarity between EU funding programmes 17 New Skills for Jobs - was heiβt das in der Praxis? Plan Political context (EU 2020 and flagship initiatives) Agenda for new skills and jobs Agenda for the modernisation of Higher Education University-Business Cooperation 18 6

7 Agendas/ expectations of HE Teaching Widening participation/access Sector Skills Employability LLL Graduates and post graduates High education targets Learning programmes Intellectual capital Societal Academic Economic growth Competitiveness Knowledge Transfer Innovation Research Academic research International research base New knowledge World Class Knowledge Base Dr. M. Wedgwood, Manchester Metropolitan University Partnership between HE and Business: University-Business Forum provide a platform for a structured dialogue between the stakeholders allow for exchange, discussion, sharing of good practice and mutual learning University Business Forum (28-29 February 2008) Thematic Forum «Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning» - 30 June 2008, Brussels Thematic Forum «Curriculum Development and Entrepreneurship» October 2008, Tenerife Thematic Forum «Knowledge Transfer; Intellectual Property Rights» - 7 November 2008, Brussels University Business Forum (5-6 February 2009) 7

8 Communication of the Commission A new partnership for the modernisation of universities: the EU Forum for University-Business Dialogue (Com(2009) 158 final; 2 April 2009) Governance Curriculum Development Entrepreneurship Mobility Knowledge Transfer Lifelong Learning Thematic Forum «U-B Cooperation and NSfNJ» October 2009, Dublin Thematic Forum «U-B Cooperation - Opening-up to non-eu countries», 3-4 December 2009, Brussels (ETF) Thematic Forum «U-B Cooperation and the current crisis», 2-3 February 2010, Brno Thematic Forum: School-Business Cooperation, March 2010, Brussels 3rd University-Business Forum, 4-5 May 2010, Brussels Slide 23 University Business Forum U-B Forum in Brussels on March 2011 People Knowledge, skills, competences Entrepreneurial attitude Institutional Entrepreneurial University Lifelong Learning University Regions and beyond U-B Cooperation and the Smart Specialisation Agenda U-B Cooperation global perspective Slide 24 8

9 Governance Need for appropriate governance models at national, regional and institutional level Need for appropriate incentives Commitment at the highest level - leadership Curriculum Development (Design and delivery) Involvement of Business in curriculum development will ensure closer linkage to the needs of the labour market. It will help to ensure that graduates have the knowledge, skills and competences they need to be successful on the labour market. Student learning is enriched and prepares them for future employment as they gain exposure to live problems and solutions through the curriculum and placements. Entrepreneurship Professors, researchers and students have a poorly developed entrepreneurial mindset in Europe that results in few spinouts and new businesses. The challenge for higher education is to provide learning environments that stimulate independence, creativity and an entrepreneurial approach to harnessing knowledge. Universities have to get more entrepreneurial 9

10 Mobility Mobility between the two worlds should get a normal feature. We should see many more HE students undertaking internships in companies, working on real problems of companies and working in cooperation with companies on common projects. We should also see many more researchers and professors "on the move" and on the other side company staff should get more frequently involved in the delivery of study programmes. Data collection Call for tender: Study to get a better understanding of U-B Cooperation in EU MS + CC + EEA Similar study by ETF on neighbourhood countries Identification/description of examples of good practice/case studies Upcoming events Thematic Forum in Enschede (NL) in cooperation with the university of Twente (21-22 November 2011) 5th University-Business Forum in

11 University Business Forum «Operationalising» the University-Business Forum Knowledge Partnerships/Alliances Pilot Action proposed by the European Parliament Part of Agenda for News Skills and Jobs and Innovation Union flagship initiative Partnership involving businesses and industry, education and training institutions New curricula, new courses and new ways of delivering education Slide 31 Partnership in EU programmes Partnership between the worlds of education and work a priority under the next generation of EU programmes Internet: Mail: 11

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