Initiatives and measures to invest in tomorrow’s talents

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Early anticipation and development of future talents has become a key priority when addressing skill shortage in Europe. DAAD presents 10 recommendations for joint actions and calls for more international students to be recruited as future professionals for the German labour market.

In its recently published position paper, DAAD states that with determined and joint action by politics, universities and business, the annual number of international HE graduates entering the German labour market could double and rise to at least 50,000 by 2030. In this context, DAAD presents 10 recommendations focusing on facilitated access of international students to the German HE system, a simplification and acceleration of visa issuing procedures, and the promotion of long-term, fair migration partnerships via intergovernmental agreements. Key recommendations also include the improvement of language skills, active support of the transition from higher education to the labour market, and the provision of training opportunities for international students and refugee students.

At European level, the DAAD position paper aligns well with the Talent Partnerships of the European Commission, intended to overcome skills shortages in the EU, and to improve migration cooperation with partner countries. The proposed recommendations also tie in with the initiatives introduced in the context of the European Year of Skills 2023 kicking-off on 9 May 2023.

Further details about the measures and initiatives taken at European, national and DAAD level, can be found in our article.

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