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Matching higher education and labour market in the knowledge economy: the much needed reform of university governance in Italy


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  • Ernesto Tavoletti

    (University of Macerata)

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    In the knowledge economy and current public finance constraints, matching higher education and labour market is not one of the main issues in higher education policy sustainability: it is “the issue”. Being universities’ sources of funding almost entirely domestic and in most countries primarily governmental, politicians are expected to ensure that the increasing public investment in higher education is justified by the fact that the benefits are captured by domestic workers and investors. In doing so they must avoid disrupting the international and free community of scholars and students pursuing knowledge, killing the goose that laid the golden eggs for so long. The European debate and frontiers of research concerning the interactions between universities and labour markets are analyzed. The much needed reform of university governance in Italy is evaluated in its premises and implications for the matching of higher education and labour market.

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    Paper provided by Macerata University, Department of Studies on Economic Development (DiSSE) in its series Working Papers with number 27-2010.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2010
    Date of revision: Jun 2010
    Handle: RePEc:mcr:wpaper:wpaper00027

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    Keywords: higher education; university; knowledge economy; labour market; governance; new managerialism;

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    1. Pestieau, Pierre, 2005. "The Welfare State in the European Union: Economic and Social Perspectives," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199261024, September.
    2. Luciana Lazzeretti & Ernesto Tavoletti, 2005. "Higher Education Excellence and Local Economic Development: The Case of the Entrepreneurial University of Twente," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(3), pages 475-493, April.
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