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Developing transferable skills in diverse higher education settings

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Developing employability in the context of higher education in Nigeria and South Africa: Student perspectives

Dr Oluyomi Pitan, College of Law and Management Studies,University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

To enhance competitive advantage for graduate employment within the context of a knowledge economy, globalisation and competitive pressures, students must develop and be able to display employability skills along with their academic skills. This study is a report of the findings of a research which was carried out among undergraduates in four universities in Nigeria and two in South Africa. It examines students’ perceptions of their employability and the influence of employability development components (which are expected to be provided by the university) on such perceptions. Also, the impact of some students’ demographic variables (course of study and university attended) on self-perceived employability is investigated. The implications for higher education and some useful recommendations are discussed in the light of the findings.



Physics students’ preparation for graduate selves within the context of the employability agenda

Sinead D’Silva, PhD Researcher ,Higher Education and Employment, University of Leeds

It appears that the employability agenda is here to stay, working as a metric for the excellence of teaching at universities (‘TEF’). Although there is a practical element regarding graduate employability as ‘developed’ through a degree, the literature on employability, like the TEF, primarily relies on indicators from quantitative data. This research uses an in-depth case study approach to understand the ways in which graduates negotiate their time at university to influence their graduate prospects, specifically focusing on self-identified (by participants) factors that influence decision-making processes as they transition from a degree programme. It reveals how contrasting lives and aspirations are held together by fairly weak ties of commonality of discipline, geographical location and experience of the neoliberal university, together with personal expectations of life after graduation.

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Network: Newer Researchers
Date(s): Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Times: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT
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