• Jim Allen
  • Rolf van der Velden
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 35)


In recent years, three major trends have been identified that affect the demands that higher education graduates face. The first is the increasing emphasis on education and training, the second the increasing volatility of labour market processes, and the third the increasing internationalisation and globalisation. These trends give rise to new demands on the competencies with which individuals need to be equipped. There are good reasons to believe that higher education graduates are expected to be more or less competent in at least the following five areas: professional expertise, functional flexibility, innovation and knowledge management, mobilisation of human resources and international orientation. In this chapter, we sketch the policy background against which the REFLEX project was launched and provide an overview of the project itself. The chapter concludes with a brief outline of the subsequent chapters.


High Education Labour Market Knowledge Management High Education Institution Knowledge Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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