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The UNIMED SubNetwork on Employability: Some results from the four thematic webinars!


It is necessary to work together to improve the standards of a sustainable employment, that is the ability for our students but also for ourselves, to keep or find a job in a reasonable time at all times of professional life, taking into account the current socio-economic contest and the new technological challenges.  (Sélim Mekdessi, Lebanese University and  representative coordinator of the UNIMED SN on Employability)

In the framework of the SubNetwork on Employability, UNIMED has organized a cycle of 4 webinars on the topics of entrepreneurship and employability, in collaboration with international organizations and UNIMED associated universities.

The first webinar, the concept of Academic Entrepreneurship and the neologism “Acadepreneurship”, held on 20th of May 2020, faced key issues as the role of Universities in creating jobs and reducing the unemployment rate, its third mission as “entrepreneurial university” beyond the classical activities of teaching and research. On this occasion, several institutions took the floor and, among them, UNIMED, the Lebanese University, AUF Middle East, the Antonine University, UNICEF Lebanon and Global Compact Network Lebanon.

Around 70 participants from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and from both the academic and business community attended this initiative. Among them, from Lebanon, the Saint Joseph University of Beirut, the Lebanese International University, the University of Balamand, the Notre Dame University-Louaize, the Lebanese and the Antonine University, from Iraq, the ministry of Higher Education and scientific research, from Oman, the Middle East Collage, from Jordan, the University of Jordan, from Palestine, the Technical University – Kadoorie and the Al-Quds Open University, from Libya, the Universities of Aljufra and Tripoli, from Algeria, the Universities of Mohamed Lamine Debaghine Setif 2 and of Constantine1, from France, the University of Caen Normandie, from Belgium, the Catholic University of Louven, and from Spain, the University of Granada.

Here following all materials of the first webinar are available:

The second webinar, Vocational Learning at a distance: Supporting Vocational Teachers under the Lock Down, organised by the European Training Foundation (ETF) was held on 26th of May 2020.

As part of the cooperation between ETF UNIMED, that have signed in March 2019 a Declaration of intent to strengthen their collaboration in delivering quality education and training in the Mediterranean region, this webinar was focused on good practice in support and training for teachers and trainers for distance learning at different levels (national, regional, school) and on the potential of distance learning to innovate education and training provision. On this occasion, representatives from Ministries, Training Agencies and schools from ETF partner countries and EU member states described the blend of approaches they have used and how well they have worked in several areas, as National Support and Training for Teachers for distance learning; School-based Teacher Support for distance learning (teacher peer-to-peer learning and school-to school); Network(s) of Teachers and Monitoring and Coordinating Training and Support.

Here following all materials of the second webinar are available:


The third webinar, Supporting University graduates to transition to the world of work, was organized by ITC-ILO, the International Training Center of the International Labour Organisation on 9th of June 2020.

The school to work transition should be accompanied trough a systemic approach that promotes a regular and satisfactory employment. Regular employment is defined in terms of duration of contract, while a satisfactory employment is a subjective concept based on the self-assessment of the worker. These are our biggest challenges. (Stefano Merante, Employment Policy & Analysis Programme, ITC-ILO)

Starting from the presentation of the survey conducted by ILO on the school-to-work transition, this interactive webinar gave to participants an understanding on how to manage the Youth transition from Education to the Job Market using a holistic approach, by focusing on the role that career guidance, entrepreneurship and technology may play.

On this occasion, UNIMED, the Lebanese University as coordinator of the UNIMED SubNetwork on Employability, and some Officers of the Employment Policy & Analysis Programme – ITCILO took the floor by giving an overview of the topic and opening the interactive debate with all participants.

Around 50 participants from Europe, Middle East and North Africa attended this initiative. Among them, from Lebanon, the Lebanese University, from Palestine, the Al-Quds Open University, the Palestine Technical University Kadoorie and the University of Bethlehem, from Oman, the Middle East College, from Iraq, the Duhok Polytechnic University (DPU), from Syria, the Tishreen University and the Arab International University, from Libya, the University of Tripoli and Sebha, from Tunisia, the University of Sousse, the University of Kairouan, of Gafsa and Gabès, from Morocco, the Abdelmalek Essaadi University, the University IAV of Hassan II, the from Algeria, the University of Biskra, Setif 2, and the University of El Oued, from Italy, the University for Foreigners of Perugia, the Alma Mater University of Bologna, of Teramo, of Salento, Pisa, Pavia and Siena, from France, the University of Rouen Normandy, from Portugal the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro.

Here following all materials of the third webinar are available:

The fourth webinar TUNED Project, “TUnisian Network for Employability and Development of graduates’ skills”: challenges, achievements, impact for a successful transfer of skills was held on 30th June, 2020, has been organized in collaboration with AlmaLaurea  and the TUNED project, an Erasmus plus Capacity Building project in Tunisia. The webinar presented the TUNED project as good practice and a driving force for change in support of the reform of the Tunisian higher education system. On this occasion, the institutional video of the project was projected to all the webinar participants.

TUNED focuses on the theme of work, a central concern not only for the Tunisian universities, to which it addresses, but for all of us, especially in this period. Therefore, I hope that the presentation of TUNED can be the starting point for a common reflection and a shared strategy in this sense. (Enrico Dongiovanni, ALMALAUREA and representative coordinator of the project TUNED)

Among the institutions that took the floor, we can mention UNIMED, the Lebanese University -as coordinator of the SubNetwork on Employability, AlmaLaurea, as TUNED coordinator, the University of Monastir, as Project national coordinator, and the University of Jendouba (Tunisia) for sharing the experience on the results achieved by the projet.

The speakers presented a statistical survey on the graduates’ profile comparing their skills and characteristics with their performance. Another statistical survey was conducted on graduates’ employment condition starting from the transition from university to the job market and the prospects for professional integration of graduates. On this occasion an online platform was shown, able to match supply and demand for graduates’ labour. Finally, the speakers stressed on the point that the trainings addressed to the University staff are fundamental tools required by the job market for a growing adequacy of the University itself and for an effective support for graduates starting their professional career.

The speakers debated on the challenges, lessons learned and impact of the project, as reflection for the implementation of similar solutions in other national contexts.

This webinar was attended by around 30 participants, among deans of faculties, professors and teachers, students, graduates, managers, Directors of the Career Services Office, from Lebanon (Lebanese University and the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik), Palestine (Palestine Technical University Kadoorie and An-Najah National University), Tunisia (Universities of Sousse and Tunis El Manar, ISLT, ISSAT, FLSHK, ISEJPK), Algeria (University of Bejaia, University of Salah Boubnider Constantine 3) and Morocco (Ibn Tofail University and University Abdelmalak Essadi).

Launched as part of the RESUME project, the SubNetwork on Employability aims at promoting cooperation among its members on the thematic of entrepreneurship and employability. The SubNetwork has a focus on female entrepreneurship and university incubators.

The collection of information and initiatives, the ongoing projects and partnerships – already established or in the process of definition – with university departments, research centres, researchers, professors, international experts, entrepreneurs, policy makers, will be the sources of this thematic SubNetwork and will offer cases of discussion and study and help to develop further initiatives and future actions.

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