Employability and qualifications

Participation in higher education has been rising in recent years, partly in response to the labour market’s need for workers with graduate-level skills and competences. This need has evolved rapidly in the context of globalisation and, in particular, the challenges posed by climate change and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Employability and qualifications are thus a key concern for students, graduates, employers and society at large. They have become major policy considerations for universities which, while located in national or regional systems, produce graduates who wish to be employable across borders.

EUA is active in this field and facilitates good practice exchange among its members. The Association also contributes to the development of European policies and instruments in this area through participation in the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group and the Europass Advisory Group organised by the European Commission. EUA monitors and shares expertise on the recognition of professional qualifications and launched a Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group on “Meeting skills and employability demands”.

Furthermore, EUA participates actively in the current discussions related to the development of micro-credentials and the European policy response. Micro-credentials, as small and flexible units of education, have the potential to support learners to gain new knowledge and competences, to grow professionally, and to advance in their career paths. EUA is a member of the European Commission’s micro-credentials consultation group and a partner in the Microbol project which aims to examine whether and how the existing Bologna tools can be used for or adapted to micro-credentials.

Complementary to the European Higher Education Area and the Bologna Process, which develop and maintain a shared understanding of comparable degrees and protocols for academic recognition and quality assurance, the European Union has designed its own instruments to facilitate the mobility of people and to maintain the competitiveness of its Internal Market. The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning covers the recognition of academic and professional qualifications. Others are Europass and the European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) taxonomy.

Resources

  • Eurograduate Pilot Survey report

    Partners news

    7 Jul 2020

    The European Commission has published the first report of the Eurograduate Pilot Survey, with insights on graduates’ education, skills, careers, mobility, and social outcomes, comparing eight pilot countries. EUA is member of the Eurograduate advisory board. The Eurograduate survey is a one-off...

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  • TPG-LRC project - Leaflet and video on academic qualification recognition for...

    Partners news

    3 Jul 2020

    CIMEA, the Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence, and ESU, the European Students’ Union, have published a video and a leaflet entitled “Will my qualification be recognised? - Golden rules on academic qualification recognition for students in the European Higher Education...

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Expert voices

Projects

  • MICROBOL

    Microcredentials linked to the Bologna Process Key Commitments The MICROBOL project aims for ministries and stakeholders to explore, within the Bologna Process,...
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