The proportion of highly skilled jobs in the economy is growing and Europe needs more people with tertiary-level education. The ESF is funding innovative improvements to tertiary-level teaching, supporting partnerships with industry, and opening participation to people who are under-represented in higher education.
A better supply of highly educated people is vital for the economic well-being of Europe as a whole. It is the graduates from universities and other tertiary-level education institutions who will largely provide the management skills, the scientific and artistic talent, and the engineering know-how to take Europe forward into the growing digital economy.
Overall, wider access to tertiary education and the universities and colleges that provide it is an ESF priority. Wider access means encouraging women into the technical subjects where they are under-represented – for example, by promoting networking and inviting prominent women academics who can act as role models. And helping disadvantaged groups participate, with initiatives to encourage immigrants, disabled people and young Roma to take on the challenge of higher education and develop their talents.