From Education to Employment in Times of Financial Crisis: Comparing Germany and Greece from a European and International Perspective

Students and scholars from three Greek universities recently came to UIL for a workshop on the transition from education to employment in times of crisis. The workshop was held in cooperation with the University of Hamburg and University of Macedonia and took place from 17–18 December.

Youth unemployment rates in Greece – as in many other parts of Europe – have risen sharply since the financial crisis, including for well-qualified young adults. At the same time, youth as a phase of life has changed greatly in recent decades. The aim of the workshop was not only to discuss theory and research, but also to consider what kind of evidence-based policymaking is needed to support successful education-to-employment transitions for young adults in today’s Europe.

Prof. Vasiliki Deliyianni-Kouimtzi from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki presented on post-crisis youth transitions in Greece. She said the workshop served as an important first step in starting a dialogue on youth unemployment between Greece and the rest of Europe:

“No single country can confront the kinds of difficulties we are facing alone, so we need the other European countries as well, to discuss the problems and find new ways to confront the crisis regarding young people and education.”

This workshop marks the starting point for extending the range of UIL activities in the European region and, globally, on contemporary youth and education questions.