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A conceptual understanding of employability: The employers’ view in Rwanda
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
2013 (English)In: Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, ISSN 1477-9714, Vol. 19, no 1, 39-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many governments believe that investing in human capital should increase citizens’ employability, which is why it is often presented as a solution to the problems of knowledge-based economies and societies, rising unemployment rates and economic competiveness. The aim of this study is to understand employers’ views regarding the employability of graduates from higher education in Rwanda. Employers of graduates in the programs of Accounting, Agriculture, Education and Medicine were interviewed to obtain a broad understanding of their views. The key themes that emerged from the thematic analysis were professional skills, being changeable/formable and skilful practices. This study argues that the concept of employability needs to be viewed as contextual because the understanding the professional and national contexts is fundamental to achieving a better understanding of graduates’ employability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 19, no 1, 39-56 p.
Keyword [en]
Employability; Higher Education; Rwanda
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88311DOI: 10.7227/JACE.19.1.4OAI: diva2:602163

On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Manuscript.

Available from: 2013-01-31 Created: 2013-01-31 Last updated: 2013-12-19Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Quality in Learning in Rwandan Higher Education: Different stakeholders’ perceptions of students’ learning and employability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Quality in Learning in Rwandan Higher Education: Different stakeholders’ perceptions of students’ learning and employability
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Kvalitet i lärande i högre utbildning i Rwanda : Olika aktörers uppfattningar om studenters lärande ochanställningsbarhet
Abstract [en]

The aim of the thesis is to investigate quality in learning in higher education in Rwanda by focusing on students’ learning and their employability. This focus allows for an understanding of key challenges for Rwandan higher education to emerge, at a time when more and more students are enrolling. Higher education is being rebuilt after the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda and the focus on quality in learning and preparing students for work life is thus timely and important. The empirical material comprises interviews with students, teachers and employers. Interpretation of this material is guided by perspectives on quality in learning: students’ approaches to learning, learning as transformation and employability. A meta-ethnographic analysis of the four articles on which the thesis is based generated five themes as central quality aspects of learning that could enhance the employability of graduates: becoming professional, skillful practices, becoming a learner, becoming responsible and international experience. The results illustrate that students have to some extent different views from employers and teachers regarding questions about quality in learning. Thus, it could be of value for policy makers and teachers to listen to what the students have to say when designing policy and curriculum in higher education in Rwanda.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna avhandling är att studera kvalitet i lärande i högre utbildning i Rwanda med fokus på studenters lärande och deras anställningsbarhet. Den förra som ett sätt att identifiera de mest centrala utmaningarna för studenters lärande i högre utbildning i Rwanda i en tid då fler och fler studenter deltar i högre utbildning. Den andra som ett sätt att få kunskap om hur väl förberedda studenter är efter avslutad utbildning i en tid då högre utbildning i Rwanda återbyggs efter folkmorden 1994. Det empiriska materialet består av intervjuer med studenter, lärare och arbetsgivare. Perspektiv på kvalitet i lärande i termer av studenters förhållningssätt till lärande, lärande som transformativt och anställningsbarhet, användes för att tolka materialet. En meta-etnografisk analys genomfördes av de fyra artiklar på vilka denna avhandling baseras. Fem kategorier centrala för kvalitet i lärande och något som kan bidra till ökad anställningsbarhet genererades: att bli professionell, skickliga praktiker, att bli en lärande person, att bli ansvarstagande, och internationellt erfarenhet. Resultaten illustrerar hur studenter i viss mån har annan syn på kvalitet i lärande i högre utbildning än vad lärarna och arbetsgivarna har. Därmed kan det vara viktigt för policymakare och lärare att lyssna på vad studenterna har att säga när policy och läroplan för högre utbildning i Rwanda revideras.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 83 p.
Linköping Studies in Behavioural Science, ISSN 1654-2029 ; 171
Students’ learning, employability, higher education, Rwanda, Studenters lärande, anställningsbarhet, högre utbildning, Rwanda
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88313 (URN)978-91-7519-682-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-03-01, I:101, Hus I, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-01-31 Created: 2013-01-31 Last updated: 2013-02-01Bibliographically approved

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