The Challenges of Higher Education: Improving Graduates’ Employability and Social Cohesion

Adela García-Aracil; Isabel Neira; José Féliz Lozano
Journal of the European Higher Education Area
This article describes how higher education (HE) can contribute to the economic and social empowerment of young graduates, which will drive innovation and socio-economic devel-opment, and social and cultural change in Europe. We propose that the concept of compe-tence should be enriching with the integration of the professional, social, cultural and political aspects. We suggest that improving HE graduates’ competencies and capabilities will affect their self-perception and status, and increase their employability, income and wealth, life suc-cess, resources, mental and physical energy, and social relations and encourage engaged citi-zenship, all of which will shape individual living conditions.