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Keynote presentation given at the International Week Conference, ‘The Roles of Erasmus Mobility for improving Multicultural Dialog’ Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey, June 2010.

Keynote presentation given at the International Week Conference, ‘The Roles of Erasmus Mobility for improving Multicultural Dialog’ Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey, June 2010.
The presentation examines what a university is for and who makes up a university. It asks whether all the players have a common goal and concludes that in some respects they do not. The audience it is argued however do have a common goal to enrich the experiences of students (otherwise they wouldn’t be there at this Erasmus mobility event!). Certain disciplines benefit from practical experience (in the commercial, scientific & industrial world) whereas others do not. It is argued that all undergraduates should benefit from a work placement and presents data on the extent to which this happens in Europe and the benefits of such experience. It describes some of the things which can be done and the skills which employers look for in fresh graduates (and those they find lacking). Finally students talk about their experiences of work placements.

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Helping Our Undergraduates to Become Global Players in the Job Market Helping Our Undergraduates to Become Global Players in the Job Market Presentation Transcript

  • Helping Our Undergraduates to Become Global Players in the Job Market
    Dr Ray Wallace School of Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK
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    What is a university for?
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    The traditional functions of universities are teaching and research
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    Who are the central players in a University?
  • The Pieces
    Academics
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    Students
    Administrators
  • The Pieces – and on the sidelines
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    Academics
    Parents
    Government
    Students
    Administrators
    Industry &
    Commerce
  • The Pieces – and on the sidelines
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    Academics
    Parents
    Government
    Students
    Administrators
    Industry &
    Commerce
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    Do they have the same priorities?
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    NO!
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    Students see the university as a place where they can gain a good education leading to a good job
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    Parents see the university much in the same light as the students
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    Government sees the university as the seedbed where young people will be educated to a high standard and where the nation’s wealth & advancement
    through research
    will stem
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    Administrators (hopefully!) see the university as a place where they can support the work of
    their academic
    colleagues
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    Academic staff see the university as a place where they teach and can
    conduct scholarly activity/research
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    ....and sometimes herein lies a tension because professional advancement is often achieved
    through research
    rather than teaching
  • RESEARCH
    TEACHING
    Balance
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    Tensions
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    ....with a result that academic staff lose direction and focus on their research rather than
    their students
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    ....but you ladies & gentlemen are here, I guess, because you believe in internationalisation and have the desire to enrich the lives of your
    students & therefore
    I can take you one
    step further
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    ....what I’m about to say will seem obvious on reflection but for many it is something they have
    never really thought
    about
  • Medicine - pieces fitting together
    Integrated Degree
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    Clinical experience
    Study
    Graduate doctor
    Clinical experience
    Study
  • Dentistry - pieces fitting together
    Integrated Degree
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    Clinical experience
    Study
    Graduate dentist
    Clinical experience
    Study
  • History
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    Study
    Study
    Graduate historian
    Study
    Study
  • Economics
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    Study
    Study
    Graduate economist
    Study
    Study
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    ....knowledge of the world of work (hopefully) but no experience of it!
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    ....does this make sense?
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    ....so why should we do one thing for the doctors & dentists and another for the historians & economists?
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    ....the answer of course is we shouldn’t
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    ....and this is where the idea of a ‘Placement’comes in
  • So what is a placement?
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  • European Data: Participation in Work Placements
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    Graduates who participated in work
    placements/internships (percent).
    Brenda Little, 'Squaring the Circle?',
    ASET Conference Proceedings 2007.
  • Other data from the UKCourtesy of ASET
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    • Every year 120,000 students go out on placement
    • Academic Performance
    • Employability
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    Some of the things we do at NTU…………..
    Maintain a comprehensive database of students and job vacancies
    Interview individually all placement students registered with us
    Produced advertising and information leaflets
    Produce an annual student satisfaction survey
    Invite organisations into NTU to give presentations
    Assist students to produce good cvs & letters of application
    Check that staff have visited students and that employers are content
    Maintain strong links with CAS, the Business School & C and I
    See that NTU’s policy on Health & Safety is implemented
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    Some of the things we do at NTU…………..
    Provide a repository of knowledge in the field of employment, student loans etc
    Support academic staff in their mentoring roles
    Keep a watching brief on national developments - ASET
    Endeavour to inculcate the ethos of professionalism in students, particularly by example
    Run a big student recruiting drive in year 1
    Broadcast our activities outside of NTU
    Develop assessment methods and strategies
    Turn any setbacks into opportunities
    Capitalise on employer visits
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    Skills and Attributes ChecklistTHE TOP 10
    DIFFICULT TO FIND SKILLS
    Commercial awareness
    Leadership
    Risk taking/enterprise
    Project management
    Managing own learning
    Second language
    Problem solving
    Customer focus
    Report writing
    Cultural sensitivity
    IMPORTANT SKILLS
    Motivation & enthusiasm
    Team working
    Oral
    Communication
    Flexibility
    Customer focus
    Problem solving
    Managing own learning
    Commercial awareness
    Planning & organisation
  • Finally I leave it to the students themselves to say what they think
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    Acknowledgement: PowerPoint Template Philip de Kock
    Any Questions?
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