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ERIC Number: EJ1064137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3432
Holistic Initiatives for Enhancing Graduate Employability in Zimbabwe
Garwe, Evelyn Chiyevo
Research in Higher Education Journal, v23 Apr 2014
The objective of the study was to document initiatives for enhancing graduate employability and building successful future careers for students. The author used the case of Zimbabwe to explore interventions by higher education institutions, government, industry and commerce as well as professional bodies. The methodology involved a mix of secondary data and where necessary buttressing with primary data collection through interviewing key informants from the relevant sectors. The results showed that the country utilized various ways to stimulate graduate future economic engagement. Crafting curricula relevant to economic and societal needs had the greatest impact. Exposing students to work related learning was also useful in nurturing future entrepreneurs as well as building successful careers in academia and industry. Government efforts to strengthen Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and to promote internationalisation through scholarship programmes contributed immensely to improving graduate employment opportunities. Private sector initiatives included facilitating a six-month graduate internship programme by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC). The study recommended the critical need for all stakeholders to cooperate in enhancing graduate employability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe