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Fostering Graduate Employability: Rethinking Tanzania’s University Practices

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posted on 2024-07-05, 01:50 authored by Samson John MgaiwaSamson John Mgaiwa
Globalization, partly spurred by technological innovation such as artificial intelligence and robotics, continues to disrupt not only economic trajectories and business models, especially in the developed world, but also the knowledge and skill requirements for graduates entering the labor market. A growing corpus of literature on graduates’ employability has identified barriers to employment ranging from skills mismatch to a lack of soft skills. Although the literature on graduate employability is informative and illuminating, the role of university practices in fostering graduate employability in sub-Saharan Africa, and Tanzania in particular, has been less studied. Drawing on the broader employability literature, this article provides a comprehensive analysis of the best university practices in an effort to address the unemployment problems of university graduates in sub-Saharan Africa and Tanzania in particular. Four critical university best practices for fostering graduate employability are of interest—developing effective university—industry partnerships, aligning university education with a country’s development plans, regular university curriculum reviews, and strengthening quality assurance systems. Therefore, this article contributes to the higher education literature on the role of university practices in fostering graduate employability.

History

Journal

SAGE Open

Volume

11

Season

April-June

Article number

ARTN 21582440211006709

Pagination

1-14

Location

London, Eng.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2158-2440

eISSN

2158-2440

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Sage Publications