Public Lecture on Role of Higher Education: Empowerment, Employability and the Job Market


Date: Jan. 17, 2017

Venue: 6th Floor Library Conference Hall, TISS Main Campus

Chair: Prof. Surinder Jaswal, Deputy Director (Research and Development, TISS)

RSVP: Ms. Aplana Thadani, / 022 -2552 5227

In this lecture, Prof. Hanne Leth Andersen intends to discuss the notion of employability in the future job market and methods to empower students. The relation between nature andd types of work, exam forms and competencies will be in focus, with special attention to problem-oriented project work, pedagogical innovation and student-centered learning. This leads to a discussion of the degree of specialization versus generic skills. To what degree are universities responsible for job market relevance and employment, in collaboration with external partners? Quality Assurance and formal documentation of relevance in Higher Education might be an impediment to motivating and empowering students. Thus, too much focus on potential employer wishes potentially weakens students’ employability."

Brief Profile of the speaker

Professor Hanne Leth Andersen is the Rector (Vice-chancellor) of Roskilde University, Denmark. She is also the Director of Centre for Educational Development at Aarhus University. Born in 1962, in Svendborg, Denmark she completed her schooling in a French High School and subsequently her Danish baccalaureate. She has her Masters degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Odense and another Masters, M.A. in Romance Philology from the University of Copenhagen. Later she completed her PhD. in French Language from the same University.

Professor Andersen has many honours to her credit. In 2005, she was honoured with the Aarhus University’s Award for Excellent and Innovative Teaching. In 2006, she was nominated for the National Award “Teaching Material Award,” by the Ministry of Education for her French Grammar book Fransk grammatik – for conversation and understanding. In 2012, she was honoured with the Knight of the Danish Dannebrog order. Recently she awarded the prestigious Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Commander in the order or Academic Palms) by the French Minister of Education in 2016.

Professor Andersen also holds memberships to a number of professional bodies and various Danish Government bodies on School Education as well as Higher Education. A Research Supervisor, Reviewer and a Review Editor, Prof. Andersen has more than 170 publications to her credit on languages, university pedagogy, quality of education, employability and many more in French, Danish and English languages.

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