Based on the work and final recommendations of the European Commission expert group on graduate tracking (2018-2020), a European Network of Graduate Tracking has been created by the European Commission to support European Union (EU) Member States with the implementation of the Council Recommendation on tracking graduates.
Objectives of the Network
The Network promotes the cooperation and mutual learning of countries participating in the European Graduate Tracking Initiative.
The Network fosters cooperation and co-creation, by
- providing collaborative opportunities for peer learning in both the design and implementation of graduate tracking systems;
- creating a forum for discussion and the analysis of European solutions and common approaches to collecting, collating and analysing graduate tracking data; and
- bringing together expertise from a wide range of stakeholders to support those EU Member States which are developing and using administrative data and survey systems for graduate tracking.
Members of the Network
The Network consists of
- national graduate tracking reference points nominated by EU Member States and EEA countries
- representatives from the European Commission – the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), Eurostat, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
- European-level stakeholders and social partners representing students, higher education and vocational education and training institutions, teachers and workers
Activities of the Network
A support service has been established by the European Commission to provide a set of services for the European Network of Graduate Tracking.
Each year, the support service will organise a range of activities for and with the European Network of Graduate Tracking, including an annual meeting for all Network members, working group meetings, webinars and peer learning activities.
As part of the Network work programme for 2022/2023, the following activities will be organised
- annual network meeting of the European Network of Graduate Tracking, 5-6 May 2022 (online)
- peer learning activity on ‘Combining and linking administrative data and surveys for graduate tracking’, Prague, Czech Republic, 18-19 October 2022
- webinar on ‘Sharing practices and experiences in relation to European surveys and data protection’ (working title), 7 December 2022 (online)
- thematic working groups including one on ‘Preparing for the next European higher education graduate survey’. Additional working groups will be set up during the 2022/23 work programme
The Network works on a voluntary basis and encourages its members to take ownership of the activities and decisions of the Network.
European Network of Graduate Tracking newsletter
Stay up-to-date and receive the latest news, information and resources relevant to the Network: