RESUME, the Mediterranean Network for Employability
In the framework of the RESUME Project ‘RESeaU Méditerranéen pour l’Employabilité’, under Erasmus + Programme, the First Thematic Conference ‘Strengthening the matching between academic offer and the labor market’ was held in September 28-29, at the University of Barcelona.
The conference, organized by the Mediterranean Universities Union-UNIMED, as project coordinator, was the first of the seven thematic conferences foreseen throughout the whole life of the project.
In this context, AlmaLaurea, as project partner, presented to a broad audience of representatives of the 15 project partner institutions, including the Ministries of Higher Education and the Moroccan, Tunisian and Lebanese Universities, the excellent outcomes achieved during the three-year project TEMPUS ISLAH ('Instruments at Support of Labour Market and Higher Education').
ISLAH, coordinated by AlmaLaurea in the 2012-2015 period and developed in collaboration with 7 Moroccan and 4 Tunisian Universities, intended to promote the employability of graduates in the Mediterranean countries. It led to the successful creation of two national observatories for employability in Morocco and Tunisia, thus obtaining the approval by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission (EACEA), which funded the project. The implementation of the project, considered a good practice by the EACEA, has allowed the intensification of the interaction between universities, businesses and local, regional and national authorities, as well as the improving of the quality of the Higher Education supply and graduates’ career guidance to enter the labour market.
The plenary and parallel sessions of the RESUME Conference aimed to share the partners’ best practices. Among them, the four-year programme of the University of Barcelona for allowing its students and graduates a smoother transition from the university to the labour market and the training modules developed by the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco aiming to enhance the employability of young women in vulnerable situation.
The repertoire of good practices of the seven thematic RESUME project conferences will be published and disseminated at Mediterranean level; the partner universities will adopt the best initiatives to their needs and will set up a Mediterranean network for employability in order to encourage the creation of business incubators of young graduates.