http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Taina Moisander. When swingeing budget cuts pressure higher education institutions to perform more with less, they have to justify the different purposes that they serve. Whether that is training people for active citizenship, facilitating social mobility, improving skills needed in the labour market or conducting high-quality research, these activities are weighted against one another in a competition for funds and in creating a more efficient education system. The rising unemployment of recent graduates in Europe has emphasised the needs of the labour market in connection with higher education reforms. Read more...