Track 1: Graduate Career development and Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL – Work-integrated learning programmes are increasingly incorporated into higher education curricula in tertiary education. Offered as a compulsory part of studies, WIL offers students placement to undertake internship within a professional occupational setting. The idea of WIL is to help students to move from being a learner within their university into the role of an autonomous professional practitioner. In doing so, WIL supports both, personal career development and the development of work related professional skills. In this track, we invite proposals to question such as:

  • How does WIL impact the employability of graduates on the short and the long term?
  • What are the most important elements to raise employability skills?
  • What makes WIL a success?
  • What are major challenges and creative solutions?
  • What leads WIL to a win-win between employers and universities?
  • How is WIL experienced from the employers perspective and what are best practices in the workplace?
  • How can workplace mentors and students be supported to make their WIL internship a success?
  • What are best practices with WIL policies, frameworks, and guidelines?

Track 2: Vocational Training and Work-Based Learning

Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Work-based-Learning has been identified as a priority agenda for development for developed and developing countries and has been promoted as a catalyst for employability in labour markets. In this track, we invite proposals to question such as:

  • What robust mechanisms can be put in place to make Work-Based Learning effective?
  • What is the responsibility of the training providers in creating and enabling environment for the apprentice or intern?
  • What benefits and challenges are experienced during Work -Based learning?
  • Are there differences in expectations of the young generation?
  • What strategies or policies can be put in place to promote, stimulate, motivate and encourage Work-Based Learning initiatives in Vocational Training among the young generation?
  • How can the mentors and mentees be supported to make their learning journey a success?
  • What concepts of WBL exists to reduce youth unemployment?

Track 3: Entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and employment creation

Entrepreneurship is known as an engine that can assist in employment creation and contribute to economic growth of a country. It is vital to grow and develop a strong foundation of entrepreneurial activity in education that is cost-effective and sustainable. Initiatives in tertiary education increasingly emerge with the aim to support the young generation to acquire entrepreneurial skills to start their own business, grow and develop their entrepreneurship foundations. In this track, we invite proposals to question such as:

  • What are the short- and long-term effects of entrepreneurship programmes on employment creation, employability and innovation?
  • What are best practices in integrative programme set-up to stimulate experiential learning and knowledge acquisition in education parts?
  • What lessons learned can be shared with integrative set-ups between industry and universities?
  • How can mentors and students be supported to make an entrepreneurship initiative a win-win success for all parties?