Tertiary Education and Management

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 3-17

First online:

New Realities: The Relationship between Higher Education and Employment

  • Lee HarveyAffiliated withCentre for Research into Quality, University of Central England in Birmingham

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The paper addresses one aspect of the`New Realities' of higher education: theemployer-higher education interface. It explores thedevelopment of the `employability' agenda in highereducation, examines the nature and implication oforganisational change for graduates and assesses whatattributes graduates will need in the next decade.Flexible organisations need flexible, and increasinglyempowered employees; that in turn calls fortransformative and empowering learning. The way thathigher education might address this, particularly inthe context of lifelong learning, is explored.