The PERSEUS project will have several positive impacts on the EU aerospace sector. The impact will be positive for the graduates, the Universities and the employers. The most obvious impact for the graduates will be on their employability. Once the expected competencies and learning objectives are defined, with the important contribution of the employers, Universities will have a clear understanding of how they should structure their degrees, so that the graduates will have a much higher employment opportunity in the aerospace sector. This will also facilitate mobility: Europe will be a unified market to search for a job.
Universities will benefit from this action for a variety of reasons. Firstly, and for the reasons just mentioned for the graduates, a clear knowledge of the competencies and learning outcomes provided by the employers will be a clear indication on how to adapt and/or modify their curricula. Secondly, once a sectorial accreditation process will be proposed and implemented, based on a quality framework, Universities should be encouraged to apply for accreditation. This will generate positive actions internally to the Universities that will be challenged to maintain quality in curriculum development and delivery and keep efficiency and effectiveness of their programs. A third benefit foreseen, consequence of the first two, is the sustained enrolment that will be a consequence of the dissemination of the quality of the programs. More high school students will be attracted to the aerospace sector, perceiving it as a good value for money investment owing to the employability of the graduates. A fourth benefit will be on the reputation and ranking of the Universities offering quality programs. Regardless of other indicators, the higher employability of the graduates will have a positive impact on the evaluation of the programs and the matching between expected competencies and program contents will also improve the evaluation of the employers, another important parameter in the rankings. A further benefit will be the formal contact that the quality action will establish between Universities and employers. This connection is fundamental to maintain the quality mechanism alive, with continuous feedback from the stakeholders to the Universities. Finally, the perception of a high quality EU education system in the aerospace sector will attract more non-EU students to the programs offered.
Employers will benefit from this action because they will, in the future, be able to employ graduates directly possessing the competencies expected to be immediately productive on the job market. Further to that, once the quality mechanism is in place, employers will have the specular benefit of Universities in terms of structured connections between stakeholders and Universities.
In addition to the benefits listed, it is easy to foresee that the strong and direct connection between Universities, Research establishments and Industries will have also impact on the research in the aerospace arena, even if this aspect is out of the direct scope of the action. Nevertheless, in particular at the master level, the final projects offered at Universities are in close connection with research, so research will be indirectly included in the action.
Finally, the EU society at large will have benefits deriving from the improvements of the entire value chain of the aerospace sector. More students will be attracted to aerospace studies, aerospace programs will closely match the employers’ needs, graduates will be readily employed, hence the quality of the final aerospace products will improve generating a positive impact on the society and EU economy.
All the expected impacts will be pursued promoting non-discrimination and equal opportunities, ensuring that women are efficiently and equally motivated and intrigued to consider the sector as highly attractive.