Towards a New Generation of Engaged Universities:
The Need to Act, Adapt and Transform

16th – 18thApril, 2024 | Kempinski Central Avenue (Formerly the Address Dubai Mall), Dubai, UAE

Focus Group 1

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Focus Group Title: “Improving Graduates’ Employability: Strategies and the Way Forward”
Date: 16th of November, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:30 pm
Location: Emerald
Moderator: Dr. Larry Johnson, President and CEO, EdFutures, Inc and Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education, USA
Prof. Ali Hamie, Assistant to the President for Quality Assurance & Dean, College of Engineering, Arts, Sciences & Technology University (AUL), Lebanon[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=\”.vc_custom_1506582039437{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}\”][vc_column_text]Focus Group Brief:

Employability means that higher education institutions and employers have come together to support  student acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attributes that lead to career success for graduates.

Research in the field shows that there are several strategies that can be adopted that provide evidence of successful outcomes in graduate employability; these include things such as considering practical field experience as part of curricula through coordinating capstone projects and field visits; maintaining a close link with industry and government to ensure that curricula designed are responsive to the rapidly evolving  job market needs;  integrating courses on entrepreneurship; focusing on developing specific employment skills as part of the overall learning experience including through extracurricular activities among others. However, a major enabler for improving employability is to ensure that universities and employers relationships are established and strengthened in an effective, comprehensive and ongoing manner.

There is evidence of gaps between the perspectives of students, graduates, employers and higher education personnel in how to approach the overall higher education experience for heightened employability. How can different stakeholders come together to resolve the issue of high unemployment of graduates that the region is facing is the key question that the focus group will look at tackling.

Key Questions to be address during the Focus Group Include:

  • What is the situation of student employability in the region?
  • How universities can improve students’ graduate employability? What strategies can be used?
  • What sort of barriers to employment exists?
  • What does it take produce employable graduates? What are the most important selection criteria for employing your graduates?
  • What is the role of various stakeholders (i.e.  Educators, employers, the students, graduates,  government, etc.) ?

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