Registrations welcome for the 4th Forum "Higher Education and the Labour Market" (HELM) (06.-07.10.2022)


of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) with a special focus on "Empirical perspectives on students’ experiences during the corona pandemic"

Date: October 06-07, 2022; Location: Online Conference

Programme for download

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Aims and Topics
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed higher education in numerous ways. Not only do faculties face new challenges, but the pandemic also affected various aspects of students’ academic and social life: School leavers, for example, may have postponed university entrance or experienced particular difficulties when starting at a university in (partial or total) lockdown. Also, integration into the university is difficult when learning and teaching is largely remote and certain forms of learning such as study groups are not available. As many students lost their jobs during the first wave of the pandemic, a number of them have also experienced financial hardships, which can affect academic success. Such factors may lead to an increase in dropout. And those who successfully finished their degree may find themselves facing an altered labour market, as the pandemic has had detrimental effects on certain sectors, while creating an increased demand in others. Apart from Covid-related topics the conference addresses also more general aspects of “Higher Education and the Labour Market” such as the transition from university to the labour market, returns to academic education, gender and income.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. David A. Jaeger, Ph.D. (University of St Andrews)

Prof. Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Ph.D. (City University of New York, Queens College)

Scientific Committee

Monika Jungbauer Gans (DZHW & University of Hanover), Silke Anger (IAB & University of Bamberg), Anja Gottburgsen (DZHW), Markus Nagler (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Nancy Kracke (DZHW), Bernhard Christoph (IAB), Jessica Ordemann (DZHW), Alexander Patzina (IAB & University of Bamberg)


Anja Gottburgsen
Dr. Anja Gottburgsen +49 511 450670-912

Press contact

Filiz Gülal
Dr. Filiz Gülal +49 511 450670-939
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