TITLE

Policy Shifts in Labour Market Liaising and Entrepreneurship in Greek Higher Education

AUTHOR(S)
Skayannis, Pantoleon; Stamboulis, Yeoryios; Rodakinias, Petros; Kaparos, George; Zygoura, Anna
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Proceedings of the European Conference on Entrepreneurship & Inn;2010, p555
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In the early 2000, funded by the Operational Programme on Education and Initial Vocational Training, education in entrepreneurship and innovation was introduced into non-economic Schools and Departments in Greek Higher Education Institutions. At approximately the same time, higher education career offices and student internship programmes (practicum) were independently funded by the same Operational Programme. Despite the fact that all these initiatives shared common goals and objectives, mainly to strengthen the link between Higher Education Institutions and the labour market and facilitate their graduates' transition to it, there was no coordination or synergy between them. After two Operational Programme cycles, there is a major shift on the way entrepreneurship education and connection to the labour market initiatives in Higher Education Institutions will be realised. This paper examines this shift, as it is demonstrated in the new Operational Programme funding, in an attempt to determine its nature and the main factors that lead to it. This shift was by and large based on a research study commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs to the Research Unit of Infrastructure, Technology Policy and Development (RUITPD), University of Thessaly, and was carried out by the authors of this paper. Drawing data from evaluation studies and a the proposals of this study on the planning and implementation of entrepreneurship education, career offices and student internship programmes in Greek Higher Education, the paper examines the evolution of the implementation of the above mentioned initiatives and their internal efficacy (in Higher Education Institutions) and external networking (with the labour market), as well as the problems faced by higher education graduates entering the labour market. Emphasis is put on the characteristics of the recent changes which involve both scope and organisational issues, and an account on what is anticipated with the proposed shift is given.
ACCESSION #
53491857

 

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