The EMCOSU project (“Grant agreement no.: 2012-2948/001-001”) reinforces the link between education activities and HE graduates’ employability needs and the promotion of cooperation with HE tools in particular. Current major national and international mechanisms providing indications to contribute to this aim are closely related to cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises which represents the main focus of the EMCOSU project (short for Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Universities) which addresses the following questions:

a) Which are the most relevant modes of cooperation between universities and enterprises and why?

b) How can these modes be logically systemised according to stakeholders’ particular needs, countries, study fields and sectors? What are differences and similarities in these areas?

c) What are current characteristics of cooperation modes and their future developmental needs?

d) Which are key developmental drivers and motives on cooperation on the side of universities and enterprises?

e) What potential do identified improvements hold vis-à-vis established policy tools: credit points and HE sector-specific qualification frameworks? Which sectors and jobs in the selected partner countries and the EU have the greatest potential in the future to absorb HE graduates?


The project’s main objectives and anticipated results are:

1. A comparative survey on the modes of cooperation between employers and HEIs in selected countries: over 600 employers and employers organisations will be included in the valorisation survey in 5 EMCOSU countries and on the EU level. This report will also include the feedback evaluation of results based on a qualitative assessment of the findings among HEIs and employers.

2. Analysis of results, national and integrative reports on cooperation between employers and HEIs.

3. Short reports on the most relevant jobs and sectors for HE graduates in 5 EU countries and on the EU level.

4. Guidelines and tools for developing cooperation between key stakeholders in higher education. This also includes pilot testing in the TUNING Network.

5. Development of policy recommendations on national and on the EU level. This includes organisation of an expert workshop of TUNING networks , EU policymakers, HE institutions and enterprises.


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Grant agreement no.: 2012-2948/001-001

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