Ed­u­ca­tion and the la­bor mar­ket

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There has been plenty of dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the fate of thou­sands of grad­u­ates un­able to find em­ploy­ment af­ter univer­sity. Youth un­em­ploy­ment in this coun­try has reached ex­tremely high, alarm­ing lev­els. To a large ex­tent, in the last 30 years, Greek univer­si­ties and tech­ni­cal col­leges be­came dis­en­gaged from the mar­ket place and the coun­try’s real econ­omy, while the idea of ad­just­ing ed­u­ca­tion to pro­duc­tion needs was noth­ing short of blas­phe­mous. Of course there are some shin­ing ex­cep­tions. How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of grad­u­ates were ed­u­cated based on out­dated the­o­ries and sub­jects. Schools for tourism stud­ies, for in­stance, were left to de­cay and have lit­tle to of­fer. The time has come to take a look at higher ed­u­ca­tion from a new per­spec­tive. While the tar­get of a very high level of ed­u­ca­tion re­mains, let’s not for­get we’re pre­par­ing young peo­ple to en­ter a par­tic­u­larly tough la­bor mar­ket.

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