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Frontiers of Education in China

Front. Educ. China    2014, Vol. 9 Issue (3) : 377-402
Enhancing Overseas Chinese Graduate Employability: The Case of Chinese Graduates with Finnish Academic Qualifications
Yuzhuo CAI()
Higher Education Group, School of Management, University of Tampere, Tampere 33014, Finland
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This paper explores ways to enhance overseas Chinese graduate employability by taking Finnish-educated Chinese students/graduates as an example. In so doing, it understands that graduate employability development is a joint effort of multiple stakeholders including students, graduates, academics, program coordinators, employers, and policymakers. Accordingly, it provides arguments and suggestions for how to enhance the employability of these graduates in terms of the labor market context, employers’ beliefs and actions, the responsibilities of higher education institutions, and student/graduate commitment. It also points out two major challenges faced by overseas Chinese graduates as well as their educational providers, which are linked respectively to gaps between what graduates acquire in higher education and what is required in the labor market, as well as gaps from the employers’ perspective: areas where employers need to understand more about universities and catch up with new ideas generated by them.

Keywords graduate employability      employers      Finnish higher education      international students      Chinese graduates     
Issue Date: 23 September 2014
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Yuzhuo CAI. Enhancing Overseas Chinese Graduate Employability: The Case of Chinese Graduates with Finnish Academic Qualifications[J]. Front. Educ. China, 2014, 9(3): 377-402.
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