Increasingly, graduate institutions from around the world are seeking to enhance the professional skills and career outcomes of Master’s and PhD students. Many stakeholders join them in their efforts: national and provincial governments are working to strengthen the link between graduate training and workforce development, and international and local employers are joining national conversations about transferable skills and workforce needs. Most importantly, graduate students in many countries are asking for improved information and support for their career development both inside and outside academe.
These parallel trends have led graduate deans and other senior university leaders to closely follow workforce trends both locally and globally. Many universities have also sought to develop better methods of tracking graduates’ career pathways and to develop programs that prepare students to adapt to new and evolving career demands. The Fifth Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit on Graduate Education, Career Outcomes for Graduate Students: Tracking and Building Pathways, provided an international forum for exploring these efforts and exchanging best practices.
The 2011 Summit addressed a range of important topics:
At the conclusion of the summit, thirty-five participants from 16 countries agreed to a statement of principles to strengthen and create pathways from graduate schools to careers.
CGS contributions to the 2011 Summit were supported by a generous gift from ProQuest.
As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. Based in Washington, DC, the organization provides its members with regular updates and analyses of legislative and regulatory proposals and policies that affect graduate education.
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