As a network of young, dynamic and research-driven universities, YERUN members share a strong commitment to strengthen the employability of their students and researchers who are the employees, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs and citizens of tomorrow. By equipping students with the necessary skills to succeed in their careers and to become the authors of their own story, employability supports the mission of YERUN members and speaks to the values of liberal learning, individual autonomy, personal growth and social responsibility.
YERUN’s vision on employability goes beyond promoting employment. Rather than responding to immediate and changing labour market demands, universities promote employability over a longer period that is shaped through interactions with a wide range of stakeholders – including students themselves.
In order to enhance such employability, YERUN members make a deliberate investment in the future careers of their graduates at Bachelors, Masters, PhD and postdoc level through curricular and extracurricular activities. They do so by deepening academic skills and knowledge in every cycle of education, by fostering a mindset of life-long learning and by promoting the awareness and the transferability of skills from the lecture hall, the lab or the student society into a wide range of employment sectors. In this way, YERUN members prepare their students and graduates to become confident, agile and innovative global citizens.