The republican scientific-practical workshop “The Issues of Modern Cooperation between the Labor Market and Higher Education” was held at YSU.
Managers of a number of higher education institutions, coordinators of the offices responsible for career issues, as well as representatives of business associations and government agencies were present at the meeting. The meeting was aimed at the discussion of the inter-university cooperation in the field of the competitiveness of students and graduates in the labor market and prospects of the university-enterprise cooperation in this field.
“It is more than ten years we are speaking about this issue, trying to find ways for the development of the university-enterprise cooperation. 21st century education can not survive without it. We understand that the labor market is not well developed in our country, but to some extent it is our omission, too. The business world should help universities not so financially, but in terms of methodology, support in the process of introduction of new specializations, assisting the training of the relevant professionals,” - said YSU Rector Aram Simonyan.
“Beginning with this year we make an attempt to change the state regulation policy of the labor market. 1/3 of our population today lives in poverty, demand-supply faces serious mismatch in the labor market, the unemployment rate varies from 17 to 18 %, and youth unemployment rate is more than 20 %. This figure is dangerous,” - said First Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Arayik Petrosyan, adding, however, that on the other hand, there is a shortage of qualified professionals, too, and this issue remains on the agenda.
YSU Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan presented the activities, implemented at YSU in recent years in the direction of the university-labor market cooperation.
“YSU Academic Council has adopted the concept of cooperation with the enterprises; we have formed the standing commission, ensuring the cooperation with the enterprises. This commission is at YSU Academic Council and is headed by YSU Rector, and the secretariat affairs are implemented by the Alumni and Career Centre. We also have other units that cooperate with the business sector,” - mentioned Mr. Markosyan, adding that Yerevan State University and several other universities envisage to create a cooperation portal with the enterprises in the framework of the EU “TEMPUS Cap4Com” project.
Ruben Markosyan also presented the platform for the registration of alumni and cooperation with the enterprises, created in the framework of the “HEN-GEAR” project, which is implemented in the framework of the European Union’s “Tempus” program. With the help of this new portal the graduates are provided with the opportunity to register in this system, and after the approval of some administrative data by the HEI the registered employers will have the opportunity to search the necessary specialists.
The participating parties also discussed various issues. Some of them expressed their concerns, spoke about the gaps, that do not allow developing this cooperation and proposed definite steps.
At the end of the meeting the coordinators of the offices of 9 universities, responsible for the career issues - YSU, Yerevan State Economic University, State Engineering University of Armenia, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Bryusov, American University of Armenia, National Agricultural University of Armenia, Armenian National University of Architecture and Construction, Armenian State Pedagogical University and Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University signed a memorandum of cooperation.
“The main scopes of the cooperation are the annual inter-university job fairs, organization of conferences, seminars, consultations, information exchange and other programs. As YSU was the initiator, and taking into consideration the fact that this year YSU celebrates its 95th anniversary of foundation, it will host the 2014 republican job fair,” - said Director of YSU Alumni and Career Centre Lilit Hakobyan.