Students attending Master in International Relations and Diplomacy Programme at Schiller International University (Heidelberg Campus) visited the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) with their Professor, Dr. Alenka Verbole
The two days study trip within the framework of the Conflict and Peace Strategies Course allowed the students to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Council of Europe high profile officials. Among others they met with Mr Matjaz Gruden, Director of Democratic Participation and Mr Dmitri Marchenkov, Deputy Head of co-operation and external relation service a.i. at the CoE Congress of Local and regional Authorities learning more about the Council, its mandate, and its approach to the conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
While the Council of Europe does not engage it the matters of defense issues it plays an important role in conflict prevention and reconciliation. A presentation of Ms Myrtia Murgia, Programme Officer, and Mr Andrew Forde, Advisor, both CoE Directorate of Political Affairs explained in details the reconciliation efforts of the CoE when dealing with frozen and protracted conflicts. Another special session took place focusing on the Dayton Peace Agreement with the first ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the CoE, Mr Igor Davor Gaon.
Fifty-six per cent of pre-university students would choose to develop their professional careers in Spain, a 20% increase compared to four years ago
- A combination of theoretical and practical training is the key factor to finding their dream job for close to 70% of future graduates
- The preference for a private university has increased by 10 points since 2016. One out of every ten students would like to study at an American institution.
Confidence continues to grow in Spain’s labour market. The percentage of Spanish pre-university students who would opt to work in the country within ten years has grown by nearly 20% over the last four years. In 2014, just one in four future graduates believed Spain was the ideal location for work; however, 56% would choose this option now. This is one of the findings of the survey “Where and How Do Spain’s Future University Students See Themselves Working in 2028?” carried out by Schiller International University (SIU), a study that analyses Spanish Baccalaureate students’ perceptions of topics such as the public and private university systems, employability and the labour market, knowledge of languages, and preparation for their university life.
Although the Spanish market is attracting more and more pre-university students, 44% see themselves working outside Spain’s borders. Specifically, respondents’ second area in terms of preference is North America: 13% of future graduates would choose countries such as the United States or Canada for their professional development. For its part, Europe also continues to attract the attention of students. Despite events such as Brexit, the United Kingdom continues to be the preferred European market for 13% of respondents. This is followed by Germany with 7%: although still among the favourite countries, this shows a significant fall with respect to 2016, when it represented the market of choice for 32% of pre-university students.
Keys to finding that dream job according to university entrants
When it comes to prioritising the key factors for finding work, 69% of Spanish pre-university students consider that the most important factor is receiving a university education that includes practical knowledge. In line with the results collected in previous editions of the survey, practical education is still seen as the differential element in the search for the dream job for future graduates.
In relation to other aspects highly valued for finding the dream job, internationalisation has taken on importance for the students surveyed: for 45% it is essential to have a good command of languages, with English as a minimum, as well as an open mind towards working both in Spain and internationally (40%). Very few respondents considered that it was important to have good contacts when it comes to getting dream employment (22%).
Preference for a private university increases by 10%
According to the SIU survey, 70% of the high school students surveyed want to study at a public university, compared to 21% that would prefer to study in a private institution. When compared to the 2016 survey, the data show an increase in the preference for private institutions; specifically, this option has seen an increase in 10 points over the last two years (then it stood at 11%). The preference for American universities has also increased slightly: almost one in ten students would opt for this educational model.
For its part, the preference for public university has fallen by 12 points with respect to 2016, and is now placed at a similar level to that collected by the 2014 SIU survey, which placed this option as a favourite for 68% of pre-university students.
From a geographical point of view, the majority of respondents would opt for a university located in Spain: 65% of pre-university students would opt to study within our borders. In the case of those who choose an American university, however, the preference is for going abroad.
A focus on practical topics, the attention of teachers and facilities are among the highest rated aspects of private universities
The trend in the preference for private higher education may have its origin in the better evaluation of some of its attributes when compared to public universities. Specifically, 84% of respondents name facilities as a key factor, as well as the fact that private universities tend to focus on practical knowledge and work with smaller groups of students.
More than 70% also think that private institutions offer more customised courses and that teachers are more engaged and provide more attention. Similarly, more than half of the respondents highlighted the fact that these universities offer more support in the search for employment and have larger job centres, whereas in the case of public institutions, fewer than 40 % of respondents perceive this to be the case.
*This article has also been published in Mundo Posgrado
Today our students took the opportunity to visit SAP, one of the biggest business software companies in the world with regional offices in over 180 countries.
About SAP SE:
SAP Purpose and Promise
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SAP Diversity and Inclusion
”Creating a diverse, inclusive, and bias-free culture makes us a better company. Diversity fuels our innovation, enhances our engagement with both customers and employees, and helps drive business success in this rapidly changing, digital world. At SAP, we are dedicated to eliminating bias in the workplace and want to enable every individual to be recognized for what they have to contribute – and have the freedom to be their authentic selves.”
Schiller International University in Paris wishes all American students Happy Independence Day!
May your day be filled with patriotic spirit and lots of fireworks!
There are nearly 100,000 Americans living in Paris and Americans have long been an important thread in the ever-growing diverse tapestry that is France. From Ernest Hemingway to Josephine Baker, a number of Americans have made important contributions or risen to fame in France.
So when July 4tharrives in Paris, both America and France take the opportunity to celebrate not only Americans living in Paris, but also the long-time bond between the two countries.
Every year on July 4th at Picpus cemetery in Paris, the American Flag that flies over the tomb of Lafayette (1757-1834) is changed in a ceremony in tribute to Lafayette’s contributions to the American War of Independence.
At Schiller International University we always strive to give everyone the opportunity to come and meet with us, professors and staff, to know more about what is happening right now and what our vision is for the coming months.
That is why we create an open doors night, when current and future students, parents and even alumni come to spend some time together and get to know each other. A moment when we can all disconnect from our daily busy schedule and enjoy.
It is also an opportunity to get to know each students academic development and how as a university we support the continuous growth of every individual.
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