The 23rd European Student Convention was held in a spring-like Copenhagen on 17-19 March. The convention attracted 110 participants from 35 different European countries. SYL was represented by Kim Rantala, Executive Board Member International Affairs, and Juha Töyrylä, International Officer.
The conference debated employment from the perspective of employability, i.e. what skills students should be taught at higher education institutions. From the perspective of student employability, the participants considered different measures to achieve improved working life relevance and contact. Such measures include a more intense co-operation between higher education institutions and business life, improved accessibility to work placements, and work placements being included in the degree.
The most heated debate among the participants was invoked by the debate on the relationship between HEIs and business life. Should higher education exist just for the sake of the labour market or should higher education focus only on science and research? In the end, the most popular opinion was that HEIs should flexibly adjust to ambient conditions in constant flux.
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