The need to align the business community and the education system with the requirements of the new development model of the country, an extroverted model, with emphasis on utilizing the potential of the country’s human capital, highlighted the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Panos Tsakrogloglou, at the beginning of the event, on “Trade-Education-Culture”, co-organized in the area of the Roman Agora, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and the Athens University of Economics, under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens.
“The labor market and higher education can not be treated separately,” said Mr. Tsakloglou, noting that these areas must talk, must complement each other, must be in constant communication. As he said, “being an active member of the university community, I would like to shed light on three points in this difficult relationship between universities and the labor market” and noted the following:
“The first point concerns the distribution of graduates between specialties. Indeed, several field studies identify large discrepancies. For example, while there seems to be an excessive demand for IT graduates, Greek universities still produce a lot of philologists.
The second part concerns the knowledge that our students receive. There are departments with really modern curricula, while in other radical changes they seem to be necessary.
The third point concerns how our students learn what they are learning. “Research by specialized organizations shows that graduates of Greek universities lag far behind in the so-called soft and synthetic skills, which are highly valued in the labor market.”
Mr. Tsakloglou referred to scientific studies of the Athens University of Economics and Business, which, as he underlined, “for many years, have identified the key areas in which cooperation between companies and higher education can be developed, the most important of which are:
– The provision of training and internships to students by companies – an area in which our country lags significantly compared to other EU countries.
– Research collaborations that can be developed between companies and universities – something that is greatly helped by the recent proposal of the Ministry of Education for the so-called Industrial Doctorates.
– Projects related to the needs of the private as well as the public sector, which may not be the size of a doctorate, but, in addition to their benefit to businesses, can produce material that can be used for research purposes by members of the academic community “.
The Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs pointed out that, in the current economic and technological conditions, knowledge is devalued much faster than in the past. “This makes the need for continuous retraining insurmountable. This is the reason”, stressed Mr. Tsakloglou, “for which the Ministry of Labor decided to allocate very important funds of both the NSRF and the Recovery Fund in training and retraining actions “and, in fact, with procedures much stricter than those that prevailed, until recently”. “For the first time, a large part of this skills development will take place, through the Higher Education Institutions of our country, offering another field of cooperation with the business world”, concluded Mr. Tsakloglou.