The 3th Biennial Meeting of Higher Education and the World of Work (BIESTRA 2015) was held 7th-9th October in Santiago, Chile. More than 150 representatives from 49 university and non-university institutions from Chile, México, Ecuador and Colombia participated.
The event was organized by Centro de Desarrollo Profesional of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and OCIDES. The themes explored were: the relevance of higher education management; internationalization; and career guidance for the integrated development of students and graduates. The proceedings highlighted the need to strengthen career guidance from a holistic view, not limited to employability skills and economic indicators.
The keynote speakers of BIESTRA 2015 were the renowned expert on higher education research, Barbara M. Kehm from Glasgow University, UK; María Luisa Rodríguez, expert on vocational and career guidance at University of Barcelona, Spain; María José Lemaitre, director of the Interuniversity Development Center (CINDA), Santiago, Chile; and Jeannette Vélez, expert on internationalization strategies on higher education at Glocal Actions and Solutions SAS Glocaals, Bogota, Colombia.
BIESTRA is an OCIDES project designed to allow different HEIs to host a collaborative and non-profit encounter in order to promote inter-institutional collaboration in the context of a highly competitive and market oriented higher education system.