AlmaLaurea was born in 1994 at the University of Bologna (from the idea of a professor of social statistics and two young collaborators), with three great intuitions, which remained unique in the European and international context:
a. To allow universities (and high school graduates) four months after the end of the academic year to know exactly how and when new graduates have graduated by degree course (young people without any work experience, or who usually work), with very high response rates to the surveys carried out (100 per cent from universities; almost the same from graduates).
b. To allow universities to understand, by degree course, the share of employed graduates 1, 3 and 5 years after graduation (as well as how much they earn, in what measure they use the acquired skills, which is their family educational background, how many of them gained study experiences abroad – Erasmus – or working experiences in companies during their studies, etc.); with very high response rates to the surveys carried out (today 86% after 1 year; 80% after three years; 75% after five years).
c. To provide Italian and foreign companies with all the available documentation, updated by the graduates themselves and translated into English. Every year the totality of CV’s requested by Italian and foreign companies exceeds 400.000 units, with a modest contribution by subscribing companies (0,65 Euros for 1 CV).
Today, AlmaLaurea represents almost 91% of Italian graduates (2,540,000 from 74 Italian Universities up to 27/06/2017) and has now grown to 57 expert employees.
AlmaLaurea has taken a strong commitment to internationalize its services in the perspective of a European knowledge-based society, as it has been defined by the Lisbon strategy. The aim is to establish cooperation agreements in Europe and at extra-European level, with a special focus on the Mediterranean basin, as to ensure a capacity transfer for the build-up of universities networks and graduates databanks, contributing to enhance the potential of young people.