The tenth INQAAHE Talks webinar is scheduled for November 30, 2023.

Unlocking the potential of Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education to trigger Employability

November 30, 2023 (Thursday)
15:00 - 16:30 CET/UTC+1

Online (via Zoom)


This INQAAHE Talks will discuss on how both Internal and External Quality Assurance can serve as powerful tools in bridging the gap between tertiary education and the workforce.

The quality of tertiary education exerts a profound influence on the overall quality of the labor force and, consequently, bolster social and economic growth within a country and globally. Aware of the disparity between the labor market and the tertiary education system, the Tertiary Education sector has taken actions. Over recent decades, TEIs have aligned their programs with the dynamic demands of the job market (professionalization of academic programs, internships and career counseling, support to entrepreneurship, learning outcomes-based curricula…). Furthermore, many TEIs aim to become catalysts for regional development, through business incubators, collaborative laboratories or applied research. It is also evident that the relationship between Tertiary Education and employment continues to pose a challenge for numerous systems and institutions. Quality assurance has been steadily assuming a growing role in this transformation, with the potential to further enhance graduates' employability and align Tertiary Education with the developmental requirements of societies.

The INQAAHE Talks will specifically focus on how QA has equipped the Tertiary Education Sector to better connect with employment, namely:

  • How QA can empower tertiary education institutions to fulfill their universal mission and respond to the ever-changing job market needs;
  • How External QA Agencies (EQAP) can adapt their standards and methodologies to better align with the tertiary education mission operating in an ever-shifting landscape of employability;
  • How Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) has paved the way for this transformative connection between Tertiary Education and Employability;
  • Which synergy between internal and external QA could create an environment where programs turn students into prime candidates for the job market and spearhead their entrepreneurship?

The following speakers will join us in this session:

Dr. Michaela Martin

Interim Assistant Director a.i. at UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).



Michelle Deasy

Vice President of Quality Assurance Commons (QA Commons).



Grace Franco

Steering Committee Member at the Global Student Forum and the National Welfare Officer for the National Union of Students Australia).



Dr. Anna Prades

INQAAHE Board Director and Treasurer, and Head of Internationalisation and Knowledge Generation Department of AQU Catalunya.



This session will be moderated by:

Dr. Fabrizio Trifiro

INQAAHE Board Director, Head of Stakeholder Engagement and International Quality Reviews at Ecctis and expert in QA and international education.



We invite you to join us on November 30, 2023 for an engaging INQAAHE Talks tailored for our community. Please, find more information about the speakers hereKeep tuned!