May 2, 2019

Tackling unemployment among university graduates and researchers, in Cascais, Portugal: UNIMED participation at the side event of the Union for Mediterranean


Event(Rome, 2 May 2019) UNIMED has been participated in the side event “The employment of Mediterranean university graduates: Bridging the employability gap between advanced skills and markets” organized in parallel to the 4th UfM Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour by the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfMS), in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), that took place in Cascais, Portugal on 1st April 2019.

This dedicated interactive meeting represented a venue for sharing best practices, highlighting standing challenges and offering recommendations on employability of highly trained youth. It has also be an opportunity for networking and building partnerships among like-minded institutions.
The participants had the opportunity to contribute to the debate, enriching the discussion with their experience on the ground.

UNIMED in particular has participated in the 1st session titled “University and job markets” where  “the RESUME project and the UNIMED SubNetwork on Employability have been presented, by sharing lessons learned and recommendations from the project results.

What are the main challenges experienced by young graduates and researchers in finding employment opportunities after education? What skills could have been strengthened during education? How to strengthen entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean through Research and Innovation?
How relevant is a greater understanding of the innovation-related job market when designing curricula and research proposals?
Which tools could be further fashioned for developing the employability of students and young researchers?

The inputs provided by the speakers intervening in the two sessions of the day have been collected in a report on practical recommendation that could feed into the follow-up of the UfM Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour.

You can read the outcomes of the side event in the report here attached.

To know more on the event, download the programme and the rationale.

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