The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is to offer the opportunity to universities in the Gulf to join a new collaborative programme aimed at understanding and addressing common challenges surrounding employability.
The HEA’s new ‘Enhancing Employability in the Gulf Project’ follows a highly successful model in the UK, where the HEA is working with groups of universities to identify bespoke solutions and share best practice approaches to common challenges in higher education, including employability. The ‘Enhancing Employability in the Gulf Project’ will be explained to institutions interested in participating in a webinar, 22 May. The full project starts in September this year.
Recent research in 2016 from Injaz Al-Arab, Bayt.com – the Middle East’s leading job site, and YouGov – a global market research leader, showed that 80% of graduates are not prepared for work when leaving university.
Stuart Norton, the HEA’s Academic Lead on Employability said, “In the GCC, as in most places in the world, graduate employability is a significant concern for a range of stakeholders, including governments, employers, institutions and, of course, students themselves.
“Given the resources that are being invested in higher education stakeholders are looking for value from the curriculum so that graduates have the necessary mix of knowledge, qualities, values, behaviours skills- and beyond - to successfully contribute to society when they leave university.
“We will work with institutions in the group to look at their individual context, and through collaboration with the whole group share and explore approaches to the challenge. This model has been particularly successful in our recent work in the UK.”
The project runs from September through to January 2018, using the ‘HEA Embedding Employability in Higher Education Framework’ to guide participants through the programme that includes an audit, network event and individual recommendations.
Universities wishing to find out more should join the webinar, 22 May. (Note the start time is 12:00 BST)
The HEA has worked at both a ministerial and institutional level in the Gulf in a range of areas to support teaching and learning. It has worked with over 50 institutions specifically on embedding employability.