There seems to be an obvious need for targeted information about the Bologna Process for employers. This is particularly true as regards the Diploma Supplement and other initiatives in education and training such as Europass CV, Mobility Pass, etc. These documents help the assessement, comparison, and evaluation of the skills and competences developed at the university.

Awareness about what Bologna would allow the development of a European Labour Market. All Higher Education institutions (Universities and non-university institutions) recognise that it is very important that employers are able to use all available information tools and channels in the recruitment process.

It will also be easier for the students and graduates to search, apply and find appropriate job in the labour market. They will be more confident towards the employers’ awareness and familiarity with the contents of their studies, employers having more realistic expectations.

However, theose employers who seemed to be accustomed to hiring graduates or trainees from other European countries than their own were striningly few.

Finally almost all employers seem to be confident in the future development of European labour market. The concretisation of this confidence cannot be implemented without improvement in the preparedness to hire foreign students and graduates.

Recommendation for Universities (coming soon)

The reform of higher education cycles aims to create new degrees that:

• Allow the employers to recruit graduates who are answering the needs
of the labour market;
• Help graduates find a job;
• Allow more practical activities and internships in companies/organisations;
• Allow three years graduates to enter the labour market with a higher education degree;
• Increase the number of graduates
• Limit failure at university.

The Universities are strengthening their relationship with employers by:

• Promoting internships;
• Organizing seminars and workshops to present the new studies’ cycle;
• Creating information materials for employers that will serve as information package on the changes in HE;
• Contacting employers to understand their professional needs and offering them graduates with the professional skills required;
• Collecting information from labour market and employers to decide new strategies and to plan educational activities.

Recommendation for Employers (coming soon)

The majority of the employers in each country stated their interest to enhance co-operation with the universities; the most preferred ways are:

• to be involved in preparing or “coaching” the students and graduates to
the needs of the labour market;
• the development of work placements / internships in co-operation with
employers offering work placements and providing an appropriate contact
person at the university;
• universities should enhance the provision of career and study counselling
and guidance for students;
• further development of working networks between enterprises and universities;
• expert-services provided by university personnel in their fi elds of expertise,
providing effective channels of information exchange (concerning research, further education, degrees and other study programmes and labour market expectations)



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