European Universities Stepping Up to Assist Students Enter the Global Marketplace

This blog post by the European Association of International Education, www.eaie.org/blog/employability-are-you-doing-enough-for-your-students , discusses varied ways in which European institutions are providing opportunities for their students to gain international experience in light of the “tighter collaboration between industry and academia.”  Exactly the focus of my SAGE book chapter, which they cite, on “Employer Perspectives on International Education (in the newly released SAGE Handbook of International Higher Education).”

This idea of tighter collaboration is not a “trendy” theme in global higher education.  Rather, it’s a necessary response to the often detached way in which institutions managed the impact of campus internationalization strategies.  As if all they needed to do was send their students abroad to work, study or serve and thus fulfilled their commitment to globalize their student’s education.  As I’ve discussed in workshops and in my other writing:  campuses need to “harmonize” their career and study abroad advising practices and align their curricula to the outcomes of the international experiences they offer to their students.

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