Conclusions and proposals for improving employability and university education in the field of Biosciences published
Following the webinar, "Employability and university education in the field of Biosciences", held on 15 December, AQU Catalunya has published the resulting conclusions and proposals for improvement.
The webinar was broadcast online, via YouTube, on 15 December, and has already been viewed by almost 200 people. It offered a space for reflection on the employability of graduates of degree programmes in Biosciences, and the round table panel made proposals for improvement based on the information presented.
Below is a summary of the improvement proposals:
Faced with the need to improve employer satisfaction with recent graduate's training in leading and managing RDI projects, the proposal is to promote project-based learning; use real research cases in courses; promote the more practical aspects of the syllabus during the bachelor's degree final project; and create and/or promote teaching quality units in order to motivate teachers and students in everything related to leadership and management.
In regard to the need to improve the correspondence between job demand and the number and profile of qualified people, the proposal is to increase the interdisciplinarity of the different bachelor's degrees and postgraduate programmes; promote labour gateways that make it easier to meet employer demands; clarify, on the part of the universities and/or professional associations, the different job opportunities and professional profiles of each bachelor's degree; Ensure a minimum number of BIR (resident biology intern) places and that the number corresponds to the number of people enrolled and/or who have graduated.
Finally, taking into account the high demand from the world of work for candidates with a high level of English but graduates' low assessment of this type of training at university, it is proposed to carry out more subjects, seminars, etc. in English; create study plans that include subjects taught only in English; and bring teachers with native English on staff.