A new research study on the impact of the Erasmus Programme on skills development, employability, institutional development and the internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions

Project Description

  • comprehensive study investigating on the impact of the Erasmus programme on students, staff, institutions and business
  • investigate the impact of Erasmus mobility and intensive programmes on skills development, employability, institutional development and the internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions in Europe
  • aims at finding answers to a series of core questions that are most relevant for the future of higher education cooperation
  • targeting current, former, mobile and non-mobile students all over Europe
  • ESN established a team of  National Research Coordinator from all member countries who coordinated the study at national and local level

Insights

  • 2 major questions:

  1. the effects of mobility on the employability
  2. competences for students

Why so special?

  1. Quantitative vs. Qualitative Study (mixed method approach)
  2. DATA
  • 5 online surveys
  • 56,733 students
  • 18, 618 alumni
  • 4,986 staff institutions
  • 652 employers
  • 34 countries
  • TOTAL: 78 891 individual responses
  • Inovative metodology

 

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • On average, Erasmus student have better employability skills after a stay abroad than 70% of all students
  • Based on their personality traits, they have better predispositions for employability even before going aboard
  • By the time they return they have increased their advantage by 42% on average
  • While 81% of Erasmus students perceive an improvement in theit transversal skills when they come back, 52% show higher memo factors
  • In all cases, they consider the improvement of skills to be greater than they expected before going aboard
  • On average, 92% of employers are looking for transversal skills:
  • Openness and curiosity about new challenges
  • Problem –solving
  • Decision making skills
  • Confidence
  • Tolerance toward other personal values and behaviours
TRANSVERSAL SKILLS IMPORTANT TO THE EMPLOYERS ARE ALSO SKILLS IMPROVED DURING AN ERASMUS PERIOD ABORAD

Erasmus students are in better position to find their first job and to enhance their career development

  • More than one in three Erasmus students who did a job placement aboard were hired of offered a position by their host company
  • Almost 1 in 10 former mobile students who did a job placement abroad has started their own company
  • More than 3 out of 4 plan to or can envisage doing so
  • Former Erasmus students are half as likely to experience long term unemployment compared to those that do not go abroad
  • The unemployment rate of Erasmus students five year after graduation is 23% lower
MOBILITY STRONGLY INFLUENCES ONE’S CAREER AS WELL AS ONE’S SOCIAL LIFE
  • Erasmus students have a more international life and are more likely to live aboard
  • Former Erasmus students are more than twice as likely to switch employer
  • 40% of Erasmus alumni have moved to another country after graduation compare to 23% of non mobile alumni
  • 93% of mobile students can easily imagine living aboard in the future, compared to 73% of their stay-at-home counterparts
  • 33%of Erasmus alumni have a life partner with a different nationality than their own compared to 13% of non-mobile alumni
  • 27%of Erasmus alumni state that they met their current life partner during their stay aborad
  • The Erasmus programme is as inclusive as other mobility programmes
  • 46% of Erasmus student have non-academic family background, the same proportion as other mobility programmes
  • The main barriers to an experience abroad are a lack of financial resources to compensate for the additional costs and personal relationships

 

Conclusions:

MOBILITY STRONGLY INFLUENCES ONE’S CAREER AS WELL AS ONE’S SOCIAL LIFE

TRANSVERSAL SKILLS IMPORTANT TO THE EMPLOYERS ARE ALSO SKILLS IMPROVED DURING AN ERASMUS PERIOD ABORAD