Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes of Higher Education Partnership Initiative
Technological advances, climate change, the digitalisation of the economy, and exogenous shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic are transforming labour markets. Today’s students and workers must adapt to changing tasks and jobs by acquiring skills that permit them to perform new jobs, and by updating skills throughout their lives. In turn, higher education institutions seek to anticipate novel jobs and skill needs, create study programmes that are relevant to these labour market needs, and rethink how to communicate with learners about future careers and with employers about the graduate skills they seek. Policy makers, for their part, face the need to re-examine how their portfolio of policies – funding, monitoring, and labour market data systems – can better support learners and institutions in responding to these challenges.
In 2019, the European Commission and the OECD initiated the Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes of Higher Education – LMRO Partnership Initiative, a collaborative project with Austria, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovenia. The aim is to assist policy makers and higher education institutions to develop effective ways to enhance the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education for both graduates and the economy. The project conducts country-specific analyses, organises peer-learning activities, and has developed a self-reflection tool for use by higher education institutions to identify and address institutional-level barriers and introduce innovative practices
A first international peer learning event was held in November 2020 on the topic of “Labour Market Information for Learners and HEIs”. The topics for the four remaining peer learning events will be organised jointly across the four countries Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Portugal since they have many common challenges and overlapping priorities. More information on the topics is given below.
The seminars will cover insights from research, institutional practices and how national policies may support their development and upscaling (e.g. through funding incentives or quality assurance regulations).