Higher Education in Mexico
Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes
Half a million higher education graduates enter the labour market every year in Mexico.
While their labour market outcomes are considerably better on average than those of
upper secondary education graduates, some higher education graduates face periods
of inactivity and unemployment. Many graduates who find work end up being over-qualified
or working in the informal sector. This report finds that the Mexican higher education
system needs to be better aligned with the labour market to help students develop
the skills employers seek. Students need better support to succeed in their higher
education studies and develop labour market relevant skills, which will help facilitate
their achievement of good outcomes in the workforce. This calls for a comprehensive
whole-of-government approach and the involvement of all higher education stakeholders.
The report proposes a set of policy recommendations to address these issues and help
Mexican higher education graduates achieve better outcomes in the labour market.
The report was developed as part of the OECD Enhancing Higher Education System Performance
project and is a companion to the OECD report, The Future of Mexican Higher Education:
Promoting Quality and Equity, which focuses on broader issues in higher education,
including governance, funding, quality and equity, as well as two key sectors of higher
education: teacher education colleges and professional and technical institutions.
Published on January 10, 2019Also available in: Spanish
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