The Labour Market Orientation of Tertiary Education
in France and in OECD countries: Assessment and Prospects
14 February 2007
Ministère de l’éducation nationale,de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche
25 rue de la Montagne
This seminar proposes to take stock of the labour market orientation of tertiary education in France and in OECD countries, concentrating on the following aspects: vocational and employment oriented educational offerings and study paths; accompanying information framework (information on labour market outcomes, career guidance, etc); links with the business sector; insertion of graduates into the labour market; and new challenges related to globalisation.
The meeting will aim to:
The seminar is co-organised by the French Ministère de l’éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche and the OECD, within the framework of the OECD Centre for Educational Research and the Innovation’s (CERI) project on the future of higher education. Exchanges between French and international experts and decision makers will nourish a forward looking reflection on the possible strategic choices that could reinforce the links between tertiary educational systems and the labour market and strengthen the economic and social role of tertiary education in France and in other OECD countries.
The working languages will be French and English (with simultaneous interpretation).
To register for this event contact Nadine Prost (email@example.com) by February 2nd. OECD delegates should ask their delegations to the OECD to register them via EMS. Please note that for security and logistical reasons all participants must register.
The morning will consist of drawing up a critical assessment of vocational tertiary education and the labour market orientation of tertiary education during the period of expansion of tertiary education in France and in three OECD countries, while pointing towards future challenges. The session will tackle the questions of the organisation of programme offerings, of the division of labour within tertiary education systems, as well as those of the accompanying framework (information, transfer, recognition, etc.). The presentations and the discussions will make it possible to take stock of short and long-term vocational training in terms of labour market outcomes and of the reinforcement of links between tertiary education and the economic sector. The first session of the morning will relate primarily to France, and the second on the experience of the other OECD countries.
Among the questions that might be considered:
9.00-9.30: Welcoming the participants
9.30-9.45: Introductory remarks
9.45-11.00: Vocational tertiary education and the labour market orientation of general tertiary education: assessment and prospects
11.30-13.00: Vocational tertiary education and the labour market orientation of general tertiary education: assessment and prospects (continued)
13.00-14.30: Buffet lunch (offered by the French Ministry)
14.30-16.15: Future challenges for the labour market orientation of tertiary education
What are the future challenges related to the labour market orientation of tertiary education and how to tackle them? This session will concentrate on the projected changes in the labour market and the economy in OECD countries and tertiary education systems will have to adapt to them. Drawing on the morning’s discussion, this session will consider the issue from a foresight and forecast perspective within the framework of globalisation and the internationalisation of tertiary education. Using the OECD futures scenarios on tertiary education systems, several possible scenarios linking tertiary education to the labour market could be discussed both on the national and international levels. Based on their degree of autonomy, decentralisation, internationalisation and the presence or not of a dual system of training, future prospects of tertiary education systems might indeed be different. The discussion will tackle this question in a quantitative and qualitative way.
Among the questions which could be addressed:
Round table and Discussion
16.30: Close of meeting
This meeting will begin at 9am and end at 4:30pm and will take place at the following address (see map):
Carré des Sciences
25 rue de la Montagne Sainte Genviève
This is in the 5th arrondissement, the nearest metro stop is Maubert Mutualité or Cardinal Lemoine (line 10), but you can also access it easily from other stops (e.g. Luxembourg). You are welcome to stay near either venue. Keep in mind that the 5th arrondissement is very central, near the Quartier Latin, Notre Dame, ile St. Louis etc., for those of you who wish to enjoy the more charming aspects of Paris during your stay.
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Here is a link to the RATP (public transportation) website which has interactive maps of the metro and bus lines of Paris:
Public transport: http://www.ratp.info/informer/anglais/index.php