SAGE: Study Visit and National Debate in Denmark

Event date - 27/05/2013
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As a part of ESU’s project on Student Advancement on Graduates Employability (SAGE) a study visit and national debate has been arranged in Denmark to examine the situation with regards to the reforms in higher education and graduate employability.

9.45 am:
•    DI (Danish Industry)
Senior Consultant, Sarah Gade Hansen, is going to talk about what her organization emphasizes when looking for a new employee.
According to DI, the Education System in Denmark must improve students’ ability to put theory into practice in order for Denmark to become the country with the best Universities and the brightest students. Furthermore, graduates must have a better business understanding and become accustomed to regular deadlines.
DI thinks the solution could be that the universities introduced several case based studies in education.

11.15 am:
•    Copenhagen University
Deputy Head of Department of the Faculty of Humanities, Merete Dirac Reuss, will talk about what newly-graduates can do themselves in order to be better equipped for the job market.
Copenhagen University highlights their success with mentor-programs where students pair up with someone from the business world which benefits both parties. Copenhagen University underlines the fact that the Danish education system relies on knowledge-based and not case-based lesson.

12.30 pm:
•    Lunch

2.00 pm:
•    DJØF (Union company representing legal and financial interests)
President, Lisa Herold Ferbing, will present her union’s view on how graduates can prepare themselves for the job marked and what pitfalls to avoid in the process.

4.00 pm:
•    FIVU (Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education)
Søren Nedergaard, talks about the government’s policy on graduate work readiness.

5.00 pm:
•    The representatives of the four SAGE partner countries’ present the current situation in their respective countries with regards to the reforms in higher education and current discussions on graduate employability. In addition, an ESU representative gives an overall European perspective on the topic and introduces the SAGE project.

6.00 – 7.00  pm:
•    Panel discussion with various Danish politicians where graduate labor market readiness will be the theme of the debate.
Moderator: Chairman of the National Union of Students in Denmark, James L. Ruggaard



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