The second ACCESS International Summer School and Conference 2023 in Abuja, Nigeria recently concluded.

In total, over the five days from 31st July – 4th August, more than 300 participants attended the event in person and in online formats, which was held under the title “Cultivating New Frontiers in Employability Research for Skills and Career Enhancement”.

In addition to interesting lectures and discussion sessions, there were also various hands-on workshops where participants could gain new knowledge and insight into new teaching and learning concepts, including topics like sustainability, research commercialization, e-coaching and e-teaching, and entrepreneurship. The scientific exchange was complemented by the presentation of more than 40 scientific papers, which provided new insights on the topics of education, employability as well as skills acquisition and graduate transition, among others. In between the scientific work, there were numerous opportunities for personal exchange and discussion of further research approaches.

The event concluded with a visit to various institutions that also have to deal with the issue of graduate employability in Africa. Among other things, the participants took a look at the Innovation Hub “Innov8” and got to know the Nigerian art scene by visiting the Nike Art Gallery.

All in all, the participants enjoyed a well thought-out and also well-planned event, which was characterized by varied contributions with plenty of room for mutual exchange and can be considered a positive example for future ACCESS Summer Schools. The ACCESS Network would like to thank the organizing team around Prof. Ekanola from Nigeria for their work and this very fruitful event!

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