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Sílvia Monteiro, Amanda R. Franco, Diana Lopes Soares, Adela García Aracil, Leandro S. Almeida


This chapter addresses the role of Higher Education in times of change, taking into account three of the key-issues for the EU’s growth strategy for 2020: employment, education, and social inclusion. The concept of empowerment is discussed as a way to accomplish such targets, proposing three main components: educating for the labour market - focused on individual development and social empowerment as a way to reach the so-called 21st century skills and to promote employability; educating for individual agency - as a means for further social inclusion and general enrichment of citizenship; educating for career management - which is especially relevant in a time when lifelong learning is presented as an essential factor to remain competitive in the world work. Innovative changes to be implemented in Higher Education are also presented as an interesting way to bridge the gap between the worlds of Education and work. A review of good practices is presented, as a way to improve knowledges, skills, and attitudes, while simultaneously empowering students to be lifelong, critically, reflexive learners, socially responsible and committed.

Year of publication 2017