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).

International peer-learning events

The peer-learning events of the LMRO Partnership Initiative are designed for policy makers and practitioners to review innovative national policies, identify enablers and barriers to innovative institutional practices, and discuss key findings from research.

The aim is to (i) facilitate peer learning, (ii) identify key questions relevant for policy making and the adoption and upscaling of effective institutional practices that require further attention, and, thereby, (iii) stimulate and contribute to an international policy debate.

The online events gather an international audience of higher education policy stakeholders, including policy makers, leaders of higher education institutions, teaching and administrative staff, and representatives of quality assurance bodies, industry, student unions, and higher education researchers.

Past seminars

Seminar 1 – Labour Market Information for Learners and HEIs

DATE: November 30, 2020

Seminar Brochure (download)

Seminar Presentations (download)

Related readings:

“The role of labour market information in guiding educational and occupational choices”, OECD Education Working Paper No. 229, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/59bbac06-en.

The aim of the seminar was to stimulate and contribute to an international policy debate by leveraging on the perspectives of policy makers, HEI representatives, and the wider group of higher education policy stakeholders.

The topic of the seminar was labour market information (LMI), which has become increasingly important in helping learners make study and career choices, and in helping HEIs to make their educational offering more responsive to employer skill demands.

Seminar 2

DATE: February 17, 2022

CHAIR: Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

AGENDA: download

Widening access and attracting students to fields with high labour market demand

Session 1: Study and labour market information for STEM and doctoral students, and adult learners

9.30 – 10.00 am (CET) / Innovative science didactics and effective ways to provide labour market and study information to learners to raise their interest in STEM subjects

  • Louise Archer, ASPIRES, UCL, Institute of Education, UK, (Karl Mannheim Chair of Sociology of Education)
  • Interviewed by Helga Posset Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (National Coordinator LMRO Partnership Initiative)

10.00 – 10.15 am (CET) / A prospective student perspective on effective ways to provide labour market and study information

  • Magdalena Hangel and Johannes Ruland, Austrian national federation of students in higher education (ÖH) Studieren Probieren ÖH
  • Interviewed by Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer, OECD

10.15 – 10.35 am (CET) / Regional HEI collaborations between higher education institutions and secondary schools

  • IMST – Innovations in schools Franz Rauch (Head of the Institute of Instructional and School Development) and Konrad Krainer (Dean of the Institute of Instructional and School Development), University of Klagenfurt
  • Interviewed by Tibor Baráth (Managing Director) Qualitas T&G Ltd., and Kodolányi János University

10.45  – 11.15 am (CET) / Break-out rooms 

#1 Science days for secondary school students
#2 Raising interest in STEM
#3 Raising interests of girls in STEM
#4 Framing STEM subjects with social impact
#5 Science didactics

Break-out room details

#1 Science days for secondary school students – Idea-exchange among peers with two interviews

Young scientists, Katharina Heidel, Johannes Kepler University Linz (School marketing and university Communications)
Outreach activities to secondary schools at the Environmental Protection College, Gasper Gantar (Director)
Rapporteur: Balazs Endre Szigeti Eötvös Lorand University, ELTE

#2 Raising interest in STEM

Circus of Knowledge, Airan Berg, Johannes Kepler University Linz (Circus Director)
Interviewed by David Brian DeVallance, University of Primorska (Vice Rector for Internationalisation)
Rapporteur: Peter Koller, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (Working Group STEM)

#3 Raising interests of girls in STEM

Ada Wien and Tagebuch einer Informatikerin, Mihaela Rozman and Martina Lindorfer, (Co-ordinator Women in Informatics) TU Wien
Interviewed by Bostjan Vlaovic, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of Maribor (Vice-dean of Education)
Rapporteur: Luis Pinho, Resilient P.PORTO programme at the Instituto Politecnico de Porto (Programme Coordinator)

#4 Framing STEM subjects with social impact – Idea-exchange among peers with two interviews

Inviting schools on campus for lab work at the FTPO, Irena Pulko, Faculty of Polymer Technology (Vice-Dean for Education)
Techtalents, Johanna Röttl, University of Klagenfurt (UNI Services)
Rapporteur: Florence Vandendorpe, Directorate of Scientific Research, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

#5 Science didactics

Informatikwerkstatt”, Stefan Pasterk, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Deputy Head of Department of Informatics Didactics)
Interviewed by Zoltan Gingl, (Department of Technical Informatics of the University of Szeged)
Rapporteur: Aleš Smonig Grnjak, Faculty of Computer and Information Science at the University of Ljubljana (Head of Student Affairs Office)

11.15 – 11.35 am (CET) / Reporting back to plenary

  • Rapporteurs and OECD
  • Moderated by Brigitte Ecker, WPZ Research, Austria (Director and National Expert of the LMRO Partnership Initiative)

11.45 – 12.15 am (CET) / Spotlight on guiding study choices of learners seeking up- and reskilling

  • www.universitairdoorleren.nl – A platform to provide information for prospective adult learners, Annemieke van Barneveld-Biesma, Universiteiten van Nederland (Universities of the Netherlands)
  • Interviewed by Dusa Marjetic, Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Head of Higher Education Division and National Coordinator of the LMRO Partnership Initiative)

Session 2: Innovative examples of study guidance and successful transition into higher education

1.50 – 2.20 pm (CET) / Supporting the transition into higher education: Focus on first academics

2.20 – 3.00 pm (CET) / Innovative examples of study guidance

Katharina Schröder, TU Vienna interviews

Session 3: Curricula design and delivery that support a successful start

3.30 – 4.20 pm (CET) / Designing programme structure,  content and learning environments to attract qualified prospective students with diverse profiles to in-demand fields and facilitate early study success

Moderated panel discussion
  • Klavdija Kutnar, Rector of the University of Primorska
    Opening in-demand STEM programmes to graduates from related  fields, with high shares of women, and designing curricula  to ease successful transition
  • Istvan Fabian, former Rector of the University of Debrecen
    Importance of research groups and ways to integrate transferable skills development in doctoral degree programmes
  • Elisabeth Oswald, Director of the Cybersecurity Research Group, University of Klagenfurt
    Easy theory and applications in the beginning of programmes
  • Stefan Koch, Vice-Rector for Education, Johannes Kepler University Linz
    Applications in the beginning and peer groups for inclusive learning
  • Filomena Soares, Vice-Rector for Education and Academic Mobility, University of Minho and President of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (SPEE)
    Implementing multidisciplinary project-based learning

Moderated by Barbara Gabriel, Deputy-Dean for Internationalisation at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aveiro

4.20 – 4.45 pm (CET) / Innovative approaches in academic orientation and tutoring

 Moderated panel discussion
  • Ziva Ledinek, University of Maribor (Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology)
    Tutor teachers in first year courses and demonstrations
  • Antonio Rebelo, Student tutor at the University of Aveiro
    How tutoring orients students to a wider range of fields of study for their next-level studies
  • Márton Balogh, University of Pecs (President of the Doctoral Student Association)
    Open Day for prospective PhD students

Moderated by Kurt Matyas, Vice Rector for Education of TU Wien

5:15 – 6:00 pm (CET) / Summary session

  • Presentation of high level points from the seminar and a policy outlook
  • Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, OECD and the European Commission

Seminar 3

DATE: February 24, 2022

CHAIR: Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

AGENDA: download

Raising study success through student support and improved career-study linkages

Session 1: Career-study linkages: HEI support to find quality work opportunities for student work and to choose specialisations that prepare them for a successful career start upon graduation

9.30 – 10.05 am (CET) / Key characteristics of successful support and the role of information

Moderated panel discussion
  • Alexis Redding, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Faculty Co-Chair of Higher Education)
    3 types of mentoring: Mirrors (identifying own preferences and matching career options), windows (showing what’s possible) and guiding lights (first-hand insights on how to prepare and succeed in chosen path)
  • Susanne Leeb, Technical University of Vienna (TU Career Centre)
    What are the characteristics of successful career guidance and support?
  • Viktória Lilla Pató, Association of Hungarian Ph.D. and DLA Candidates (Vice-president for Foreign Affairs)
    What information and support do doctoral students need?

Moderated by Dusa Marjetic, Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Head of Higher Education Division and National Coordinator of the LMRO Partnership Initiative)

10.15 – 10.45 pm (CET) / Break-out rooms

#1 Student-company matching: National work platforms
#2 Student-company matching: Scholarship funds
#3 Student-“company” matching: Workplace exposure in teacher training
#4 Student-company matching: Skills signalling

Break-out room details

#1 Student-company matching: National work platforms – Idea-exchange among peers with two interviews

HUNexpert, Fanny Liska (HUNexpert contributor)
Studenski service, Marko Rupercic, Slovenian Student Union (Student Work Advisor and Project Coordinator of register of student work)
Rapporteur: Birgit Rabeder, Johannes Kepler University Linz (Assistant to Vice Rector of Academic Affairs)

#2 Student-company matching: Scholarship funds – Idea-exchange among peers with two interviews

Scholarship Fund of the University of Primorska, Aleš Oven, University of Primorska (Senior Advisor to the Rector)
Klagenfurt Scholarship, Anna Landes, University of Klagenfurt (Head of Public Relations)
Rapporteur: Ivana Radonova, Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria

#3 Student-“company” matching: Workplace exposure in teacher training

Global goals and sustainable use of smart phones: Learning about sustainability and emerging professions, Petra Szucsich and Martin Sankofi, University College of Teacher Education Vienna
Pedagogical practice and practical training at the Faculty of Education at the University of Primorska, Nina Krmac (Coordinator)
Rapporteur: Alexander Kohler, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (Teacher Training)

#4 Student-company matching: Skills signalling Idea-exchange among peers with two interviews

Extension curricula “Leadership – responsible action in society and economy”, Nina Nentwig, University of Graz (Project Coordinator)
10% Up To You!, Instituto Politecnico de Braganca, Vera Ferro Lebres (Vice-President)
Rapporteur: Nikoletta Kondra, University of Nyíregyháza (International affairs consultant)

10.45 pm – 11.00 pm (CET) / Reporting back to plenary

  • Rapporteurs and OECD
  • Moderated by Dusan Lesjak, National Expert of the LMRO Partnership Initiative in Slovenia

11.10 – 11.30 pm (CET) / Career guidance under the spotlight

  • Tristram Hooley, Inland Norway University of Applied Science on the future of work and a socially just approach to career guidance
  • Interviewed by Maja Dizdarevic, University of Ljubljana (Head of the Career Centre)

11.30 – 12.00 am (CET) /Break-out rooms

#1 Learning how to deal with biases in hiring
#2 Transversal skills development
#3 Signalling transversal skills to students
#4 Signalling transversal skills to employers
#5 Skills framework for doctoral students and postdocs
#6 Transversal skills development for doctoral students and post-docs

Break-out room details

#1 Learning how to deal with biases in hiring

Debias tool, Lukas Witzany, TU Wien (Center for Informatics and Society)
Interviewed by Tímea Schwimmer-Tóth,University of Szeged (Alumni Relations Manager, Szeged Alma Mater)
Rapporteur: Anamarija Meglic, Gea College Career Centre (Director of the International Office and Career Center)

#2 Transversal skills development

KLUG: A smart way of learning soft skills, Nina Nentwig, University of Graz (Project Coordinator)
Interviewed by Prof Laura Klančnik, Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO)
Rapporteur: Gudrun Feucht, Federation of Austrian Industry (Head of Division Education & Society)

#3 Signalling transversal skills to students

E-competence portfolio, Blanka Palcic, University of Primorska (Head of the Career Centre)
Curricular Unit Lifelong Employability at the University of Porto, Marta Santos (Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences)
Rapporteur: Lívia Ivaskó, Department of General Linguistics, University of Szeged, Hungary

 #4 Signalling transversal skills to employers

“DiBaZes” Digital Badges, Hans Höller, Johannes Kepler University Linz (Director of the Institute for Digital Business)
Interviewed by Eszter Lukacs, Széchenyi István University (Vice-Rector for International Affairs)
Rapporteur: Gabi Kaffka, UMC Utrecht (Postdoctoral Researcher)

 #5 Skills framework for doctoral students and post-docs

Vitae Kate Jones, Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) UK (Head of Learning and Professional Development)
Programme “Naturtalente”, Bernhard Wundsam, University of Vienna (Uniport – Careers Service)
Rapporteur: Zsolt Varga, University of Debrecen (Director of Science)

#6 Transversal skills development for doctoral students and post-docs

Young Scientists mentoring programme for PhD students and post-docs, University of Klagenfurt Rebecca Unterberger (Research Service)
Interviewed by Gabriella Kassa, Eötvös Lorand University, ELTE (Director of the Career Centre)
Rapporteur: Natalie Lächelt, OECD (Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cities and Regions)

12.00 – 12.20 am (CET) / Reporting back to plenary

  • Rapporteurs and OECD
  • Moderated by Dušan Lesjak, National Expert of the LMRO Partnership Initiative in Slovenia

Session 2: Designing inclusive student support

1.45– 1.40 pm (CET) / Monitoring progress and factors for student success

Moderated panel discussion
  • Karl Ledermüller (Head of the Evaluation and Quality Enhancement) and Julia Spörk (Student Panel Monitoring), Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Experiences with student monitoring
  • Nuno Neto Rodrigues, Directorate-General for Education and Science Statistics
    National approach in Portugal to monitor progress and factors for student success
  • Ruben Alves, University of Aveiro (Aveiro Education and Social Alliance Project Manager)
    Observatory of the student academic path

Moderated by Dusa Marjetic, Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Head of Higher Education Division and National Coordinator of the LMRO Partnership Initiative)

2.40 – 3.10 pm (CET) / Designing inclusive student support

Moderated panel discussion
  • Rita Takacs, Eötvös Lorand University, ELTE (Head of the Student Support Centre of the Department of Informatics)
    Intervention to reduce dropouts from ICT programmes
  • Roberto Chiodelli, University of Algarve (Programme Coordinator)
    Mindfulness programme
  • Jacqueline McCormack, Institute of Technology of Sligo (Vice President, Online Development)
    Student support journey – Online Learning

Moderated by Helga Posset, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (National Coordinator LMRO Partnership Initiative)

Session 3: Supporting students to complete their studies

3.40 – 4.00 Combining studies and work

  • Study and Work programme, Florian Mayer, Johannes Kepler University Linz (Director Kepler Alumni Society)
  • Interviewed by Filipe Chaves, Instituto Politecnico de Cávado and Ave (Director, School for Higher Professional Education)

4.00 – 5.00 pm (CET) / Supporting students to complete their studies through flexibility, modularisation of final thesis, and academic writing support

Moderated panel discussion
  • Sonja Rutar University of Primorska (President of the Slovenian National Council for Quality and Evaluation of Education and Vice-Dean for the Quality and Development at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Education)
    “Open-door policy” for returning job outs
    Substitution of Bachelor’s thesis
  • Doris Hattenberger, Vice-Rector for Education of the University of Klagenfurt
    Modularisation of final dissertation
    “Schreibwanderung” – academic support
  • José A.F. Machado, Vice-Rector for University Institutional Development of the NOVA University in Lisbon

Moderated by Arthur Mettinger, Vice-Rector for Education FH Campus Wien

5.15 – 6.00 pm (CET) / Summary session

  • Presentation of high level points from the seminar and a policy outlook
  • Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, OECD, and the European Commission

Seminar 4

DATE: March 3, 2022

CHAIR: Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)

AGENDA: download

Stimulating innovation through inter-/transdisciplinarity in education and research

Session 1: Harnessing research collaboration to identify emerging demand for inter-/transdisciplinary skills

9.30 – 10.10 am (CET) / Creating “spaces” for inter-/transdisciplinarity and transferable skills development in doctoral education

Moderated panel discussion
  • Corina Balaban, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Manchester, UK
    Mobility of doctoral degree holders between disciplines and sectors
  • István Greiner, Director of Research and Development, Gedeon Richter Plc.
    Importance of inter-/transdisciplinarity for research, development and innovation

Moderated by Istvan Szabo, Vice-President of the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office

10.10 – 10.30 am (CET) / Linking national research prioritisation with higher education research flagship initiatives and HEI-PRO collaboration

László Nádai, Obuda University Budapest (Dean of the Kandó Kálmán Faculty of Electrical Engineering)

Interviewed by Keith Moyes, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science of Ireland (Head of Higher Education Policy Division and Acting Head of Research and Innovation Division)

10.40 – 11.30 pm (CET) / Harnessing research collaboration to identify emerging demand for inter/transdisciplinary skills

Moderated panel discussion
  • Ana Sargento, Instituto Politecnico de Leiria (Vice President for Knowledge Transfer and Cooperation with Business and Society)
  • Isabelle Reymen TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Scientific Director of TU/e innovation Space) – 4 TU Federation
  • Gerald Schatz, Linz Centre for Mechatronics (CEO)
  • Zoltán Kónya, University of Szeged (Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs) – Szeged Innovation Award

Moderated by András Dinnyés, BioTalentum Ltd. (Founder and Director)

Session 2: Opening research partnerships with industry and between fields to students

12.45 am – 1.35 pm (CET) / Developing transversal skills by experiencing research and observing how researchers think about inter-/transdisciplinarity

Moderated panel discussion
  • Cristina Albuquerque, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Coimbra
    Acquisition of transversal skills and benefits of connections between teaching, research and the labour market
  • Urban Bren, Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Maribor
  • Innovation Fund for students to translate knowledge gained in classroom into ideas with an innovation/entrepreneurial potential
  • Attila Felinger, Vice Rector for Science and Innovation of the University of Pecs
  • Hilda Tellioglu, Scientific Director of the Centre for Technology and Science Vienna
    Benefits for students from involvement in research partnerships

Moderated by Istvan Vilmos Kovacs, National Expert of the LMRO Partnership Initiative in Hungary

1.40 – 2.20 pm (CET) / How to create room and guidance/contact points for students to experience a research environment?

 Moderated panel discussion
  • FabLab Budapest, David Pap (Director)
  • Vortex CoLab, Rodrigo Maia, Vortex CoLab Portugal and Capgemini Engineering (Head of Research & Development | Technology & Innovation)
  • I2C Innovation Centre TU Vienna, Birgit Hofreiter (Director) and Alexandra Negoescu (Scientific Program Manager)
  • FIEK, Laszlo Lengyel, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (FIEK Coordinator)

Moderated by Orsolya Rigó-Ditzendy, Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (National Coordinator LMRO Partnership Initiative) (National Coordinator LMRO Partnership Initiative)

2.20 – 3.00 pm (CET) / How to make inter-/transdisciplinarity in research accessible for students? What structures are conducive, including in terms of financing and staff time?

Moderated panel discussion

Moderated by Martina Merz, Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Klagenfurt

Session 3: Integrating labour market relevant inter-/ transdisciplinarity into curricula

3.30 – 3.50 pm (CET) / Updating curricula

  • Student Project House – SPH at the ETH Zurich, Judith Zimmerman (Rector’s Office, Head of Strategic Projects)

Interviewed by Christian Huemer, TU Wien (Dean of Academic Affairs of Business Informatics)

3.50 – 4.10 pm (CET) / Raising awareness of careers outside of academia among doctoral candidates and junior researchers

  • Docenhance.eu, Lucas Zinner, University of Vienna (Head of Research Services, Technology Transfer and Career Development including Doctoral Education, founder of PRIDE Network Association for Professionals in Doctoral Education)

Interviewed by Haneen Atallah, European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (External Communication Coordinator and member of the Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Candidates, DOSZ)

4.10 – 4.40 pm (CET) / Break-out rooms

#1 Interdisciplinary challenge-based learning
#2 Extension curricula to develop inter-/transdisciplinary skills
#3 Design and implementation of new degree programmes
#4 Design and implementation of new degree programmes – STEM
#5 Developing interdisciplinary skills through application – doctoral education
#6 Transferable skills programme for doctoral students and candidates
#7 Entrepreneurship skills development and start-up support

Break-out room details

#1 Interdisciplinary challenge-based learning

IPVC Inclusive School – interdisciplinary challenge-based learning in the Instituto Politecnico de Viana do Castelo, Ana Teresa Ferreira Oliveira (Gender Equality Commission Coordinator, Inclusive School Programme Coordinator)
Interviewed by Norbert Bencze, Eötvös Lorand University, ELTE (President of the Doctoral Students’ Council)
Rapporteur: Kristi Raudmae, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (Head of Higher Education Area)

 #2 Extension curricula to develop inter-/transdisciplinary skills

Extension programme “Digital Competence”, Christian Huemer, TU Wien (Dean of Academic Affairs of Business Informatics)
Interviewed by Diane Freiberger, Fibaa (Director)
Rapporteur:Andrew Gibson, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University

#3 Design and implementation of new degree programmes

New Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Klagenfurt, Michael Pfeifer (Programme Director),
Interviewed by Peter Mezei, University of Szeged (Director Doctoral School)
Rapporteur:Joana Alexandre, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (President of the Pedagogical Council)

#4 Design and implementation of new degree programmes – STEM

NAWITECH BSc programme at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Oliver Brüggemann (Programme Coordinator)
Interdisciplinary new study programme in Biopsychology, University of Primorska, Dragan Marusic (Programme Coordinator and former Rector)
Rapporteur:Carlos Santos Silva, Pedagogical Council of Instituto Superior Técnico (Vice-President of the Pedagogical Council)

#5 Developing interdisciplinary skills through application – doctoral education

“Market project” in the PhD programme Pharmacy, Borut Božič, University of Ljubljana (Programme Council of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree Programmes in Biomedicine)
Interviewed by Szilvia Szöllősi, Eötvös Lorand University, ELTE (Head of University Strategy Office)
Rapporteur: Cassie Hague, OECD (Centre for Educational Research and Innovation)

#6 Transferable skills programme for doctoral students and candidates

Transferable skills programme for doctoral students at the University of Graz, Dr Corinne von der Hellen (Programme Coordinator)
Interviewed by Katja Lozar Manfreda, University of Ljubljana (Vice-Dean for Student affairs at Faculty of Social Science)
Rapporteur: Gabi Kaffka, UMC Utrecht (Postdoctoral Researcher)

#7 Entrepreneurship skills development and start-up support

Hungarian Startup University Programme, Krisztián Kölkedi, Express Innovation Agency (Deputy CEO)
Interviewed by Gert Guri, TU Eindhoven (Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Learning)
Rapporteur: Anne Rimmer, OECD (Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cities and Regions)

4.40 – 5.00 pm (CET) / Reporting back to plenary

  • Rapporteurs and OECD
  • Moderated by István Vilmos Kovács, National Expert of the LMRO Partnership Initiative in Hungary

5.15 – 6.00 pm (CET) / Summary session

  • Presentation of high-level points from the seminar and a policy outlook
  • Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office, OECD, and the European Commission

Seminar 5

DATE: March 10, 2022

CHAIR: Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES) of Portugal

AGENDA: download

Supporting improvement in teaching and learning to address students’ needs and labour market demands

Session 1: Teaching students to connect theory and practice

9.30 – 10.00 am (CET) /  Co-operative learning through social interactions in authentic, real-life contexts

Moderated panel discussion
  • Kerstin Helker, Comenius Educational Researcher at TU/e innovation Space
    Challenge-based learning – a research overview of: What do students learn? What is expected from teachers?
  • Tina Vrsnik Perse, Vive-Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Maribor
    How insights into the “world-of-work” can increase student success

Moderated by Nuno Gomes Ferreira, Ministry of Education Portugal (National Coordinator LMRO Partnership Initiative)

10.00 – 10.30 am (CET) / Break-out rooms

#1 Embedding work-based learning into study programmes
#2 What do I learn from internships? Self-assessment of skills
#3 Innovative learning environments
#4 Co-designing extra-curricular activities
#5 Co-designing study programmes
#6 Summer with Sciences

Break-out room details

#1 Embedding work-based learning into study programmes

Talent Programme, Susanne Leeb, TU Vienna (TU Career Centre)
Interviewed by Sebastian Frumen, University of Maribor (Head of the Department of Education and Study)
Rapporteur: João Peixoto, Vice Rector University of Lisbon

#2 What do I learn from internships and practical training? Self-assessment of skills 

Skills Self Evaluation pre-post Internships, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria
Lisa Staffa and Florian Ruhdorfer (Business und Career Centre)
“Practical Training” in Chemistry at the University of Ljubljana, Helena Prosen (Chair of Analytical Chemistry)
Rapporteur: António Rangel, Catholic University Lisbon (President of the Scientific Board Biotech School)

#3 Creating innovative learning environments

Project-Based Learning in the School of Engineering at the University of Minho, Anabela Carvalho Alves (Department of Production and Systems)
Challenge-based learning, Akos Wetters (Founder of Kimitisik)
Rapporteur: Szilvia Besze, Tempus Public Foundation Hungary

#4 Co-designing extra-curricular activities

Interactive! Master Class at the University of Klagenfurt, Patrizia Leitgeb and Roland Wagner
IUpgrade – Transversal Skills Development Programme, University of Porto, Catarina Brandão and Fernanda Correia
Rapporteur: Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer (OECD)

#5 Co-designing study programmes

Bright Start programme, Pedro Dominguinhos, President of the Instituto Politecnico de Setubal and President of the Coordinating Council of Portuguese Polytechnic Institutes (CCISP)
Interviewed by Gabi Kaffka, UMC Utrecht (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Rapporteur: Ivana Radonova, Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria

#6 Summer with Sciences

Cláudia Cavadas, University of Coimbra: Summer with Sciences 2021 (Vice-Rector Research)
Hilda Tellioglu and Anna Franzkowiak, Center for Technology & Society in Vienna on their 2021 summer school
Rapporteur: Rima Dapous, University of Oxford, All Souls College

10.30 – 10.45 am (CET) / Reporting back to plenary

  • Rapporteurs and OECD
  • Moderated by Nuno Gomes Ferreira, Ministry of Education Portugal (National Coordinator LMRO Partnership Initiative)

10.45 – 11.15 am (CET) / Integrating “practice” into curricula

Moderated panel discussion

Christoph Teller, Head of the Institute of Retailing, Sales and Marketing Johannes Kepler University Linz interviews

  • Filipe Chaves, Director of the School for Higher
    Professional Education at the Instituto Politecnico de Cávado and Ave on co-designing study programmes in short-cycle tertiary education
  • Blaz Nardin, Dean of the Faculty for Polymer Technology (FTPO)
    Embedding product design and Innovation management into second cycle programmes

11.15 – 11.45 am (CET) / How can public policy support the upscaling of teaching practices and learning environments that connect theory and practice across fields and levels of study?

  • Policy perspective: PKP – Creative Path to Knowledge and Student Innovative Projects for Social Impact (SIPK), Mateja Berčan, Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
  • Interviewed by Joana Mendonca, Instituto Superior Técnico University of Lisbon

Session 2: High quality inclusive teaching

1.00 – 1.45 pm (CET) / Higher education didactics for diversity-sensitive teaching

Moderated panel discussion
  • Gerti Kappel, Dean of the Informatics Faculty at the TU Vienna
    Informatics didactics in higher education
    Mentoring and institutional changes that support women to succeed in science careers
  • Gabor Lente, Director of the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Pecs
    Innovative approaches in science didactics, and how collaboration with science teachers bring in new ideas
  • Sonja Rutar, University of Primorska (President of the Slovenian National Council for Quality and Evaluation of Education and Vice-Dean for the Quality and Development at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Education)
    Inclusive teaching: research and practice

Moderated by Barbara Krumay, Head of Institute of Business Informatics, Johannes Kepler University Linz

1.45  – 2.30 pm (CET) / Examples of innovative teaching methods in STEM

Moderated panel discussion
  • Gerald Futschek, Head of Institute for Information Systems Engineering at the TU Vienna, and Phillip Prinzinger, Researcher
    Informatics Didactics and ProProg Together
  • Maja Mesl, Head of the Career Centre and International Office at the Faculty for Polymer Technology (FTPO)
    Polyflip

Moderated by Krisztina Lenart, Head of Department of Education Development and Talent Support, Education Directorate, Eötvös Loránd University, ELTE

Session 3: Continuous development of curricula and teaching

3.00 – 4.00 pm (CET) / Supporting the continuous development of teaching and learning through a balance between common guidelines and diversity, and support and incentives for teachers

Moderated panel discussion
  • José Paulo Cerdeira Cleto Cravino, Pro-Rector for Pedagogical Innovation at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
    Pedagogical Meetings “Tertúlias Pedagógicas”
  • Andreas Körner, TU Vienna (Teaching Award Winner)
    Best Teaching Awards and teacher training
  • Tomaz Dezelan, Advisor to the Rector of the University of Ljubljana
    Inovup
  • Martin Stabauer, Deputy Head of the Institute of Digital Business Johannes Kepler University Linz
    Digital Skills Trainer Training – certificates for teaching skills

Moderated by Terry McGuire, teaching and learning enhancement expert and retired Director of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Ireland

4.10 –4.50 pm (CET) / An example of a central structure to support programme development

Interviewed by Darjo Felda, Vice Rector for Education, University of Primorska

5.15 – 6.00 pm (CET) / Summary session

  • Presentation of high-level points from the seminar and a policy outlook
  • Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Directorate General for Higher Education of Portugal, OECD, and the European Commission