The relationships between education and the world of work is one of the current key issues of education policy and practice. There is a widespread belief that expansion of student enrolment contributes to economic growth and societal wellbeing. Yet, concerns are widespread that graduates might face problems of getting employed, finding appropriate employment and taking over professional assignments for which their study turns out to be relevant. Terms such as “mismatch” and “over-education” express such concerns.
Studies on graduate employment and work, often called “tracer studies”, have spread worldwide in recent years in order to collect in-depth information on the relationships between study at vocational and higher education institutions and the professional situation of graduates. More and more schools, colleges and universities are engaged in collecting systematically information about the employment situation, work assignments and career paths of their former students in order to improve the study conditions and provisions. Many different approaches were developed during the last years.
With the conference an account of the approaches and the findings of tracer studies should help both understand the potentials of these studies and analyse the worldwide state of knowledge - how education can contribute more successfully to the subsequent career of graduates.
The international conference EXLIMA 2015 aims at serving the exchange of information on tracer studies both methodologically and content-wise:
• to deepen the understanding of the links between curricula, learning, competences and graduate employment and work,
• to discuss the use and misuse of tracer studies for quality assessment, accountability and ranking,
• to discuss how tracer studies have to be designed and implemented in order to elicit the most valuable results,
• to bring the first time researchers from VET and HE together,
• to start the development of international standards of tracer studies (objectives/questions and methodology).
This international conference continues and deepens the work of the first international tracer study conference which was held in Bali 2012 with more than 300 participants from Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The conference will be accompanied by workshops and a meeting of the International Network of Tracer Studies (INGRADNET).
Sandra Fikawati and Ahmad Syafiq (UI), Harald Schomburg and René Kooij (Germany), Keiichi Yoshimoto (Japan)
Date of meetings, workshops and the conference
Last week of November 2015 (23.-28. Nov.2015)
Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Technology Republic of Indonesia; Ministry of Manpower Republic of Indonesia (tentative); Ministry of Industry Republic of Indonesia (tentative)
Sanur Paradise Plaza Convention Center is located in the coastal village of Sanur, Bali, thereby providing easy access to the entire island, the thriving and colorful traditional community makes Sanur a refreshingly different destination for EXLIMA International Conference. The convention centre is located just 25 minutes from the international airport and within short driving distance to the administrative and commercial capital of the island. Link to the hotel: http://www.sanurparadise.com/plaza-hotel/
Call for abstracts
The organizing committee of the EXLIMA International Conference invites you to submit abstracts for the academic program. The abstract should have a length of less than 2000 characters (one page), and should provide key meta data about the tracer study (like the target popolation, sampling, address quality, number of returned questionnaires/interviews, representation, publications). Deadline for the abstract submission: June 30, 2015.
We expect a total of about 200 participants, mainly from schools, colleges and universities.
Selected contributions will be published.
Contact and conference office
Dr. Sandra Fikawati, University of Indonesia, Career Development Center (CDC-UI), Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone+ 62 (21) (98522845), + 62 (21) (98522842) Fax + 62 (21) (78881021)
Download the conference programme and related information