Kapanen, Antti


Stakeholder perceptions on the potential of Massive Open Online Courses in enhancing the employability of foreign business and engineering graduates in Germany


Prof. Dr. David Edgar, Glasgow Caledonian University; Prof. Dr. Sören Dressler, HTW Berlin


While the number of foreign students in Germany grows, the labour market outcomes of foreign graduates fall behind stakeholder expectations. Surveys and statistics reveal that while about 75 percent of foreign students would like to remain in Germany to work, only about 25 percent progress to full-time employment after successful studies. This thesis investigates the determinants of foreign graduate employability from multiple stakeholder perspectives. Furthermore, it experiments with the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) medium as instrument for enhancing employability skills. The thesis aims at making a contribution to the theory, policy and practice, of international higher education in Germany.