The results of the 16th AlmaLaurea survey on graduates’ employment condition were presented during the conference, organized atthe Bologna UniversityonMarch10.The speakers noted that graduates’ employment has fallen and is currently 10-20 % (depending on the educational program). The survey had involved alumni from different Italian universities, belonging to the AlmaLaurea Consortium.
It was highlighted that the current situation around the employment largely depends on the knowledge and skills acquired and to some extent - to the country’s economic situation. The entrepreneurship and innovation issues were observed in details, too. Many of the speakers stressed on the role of universities here.
YSU was represented at the conference by the Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan. The Armenian side was also represented by the Rector of the State Engineering University of Armenia Ara Avetisyan, Rector of Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction Hovhannes Tokmajyan, Vice-rector of Gyumri Pedagogical Institute Anahit Farmanyan, Rector of Gavar State University Ruzanna Hakobyan and representatives of other universities, who participate in the “HEN-GEAR” program.
AlamLaurea Consortium of Universities was formed over 20 years ago and currently unites 64 Italian universities. About 2 million alumni are registered in the database of the AlmaLaurea. The consortium cooperates with YSU and a number of other Armenian universities in the framework of the European Union’s “HEN-GEAR” Tempus program.
“HEN-GEAR” program aims to establish an integrated graduates’ database, to shape an appropriate form of cooperation with the employers and support the promotion of the graduates in the labor market. The partner universities from Armenia are also the Agrarian University, the State Engineering University of Armenia, Armenian State University of Economics, Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction, Gavar State University, State Academy of Fine Arts and Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute.
An extensive report was made by the AlmaLaurea Director Andrea Cammelli. The participants were welcomed by the Rector of Bologna University Ivano Dionigi. Minister of the Environment of Italy G. Galletti focused in his speech on the issues of research and development of the university system: “The new situation that comes after the crisis can be characterized as competition in the research and education fields,” - he said.
Partner universities of the AlmaLaurea Consortium represent Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia and other countries. Heads of the diplomatic missions of the partner countries were also present at this conference. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Italy Sargis Ghazaryan, who is the graduate of the University of Trieste (Italy), highlighted the application of the experience of AlmaLaurea and the cooperation with Armenian universities.
At the end of the conference the former Prime Minister of Italy, former European Commission President Romano Prodi made a speech. He emphasized the innovations and the response to the challenges of technological development and noted that information technology one hand add, while on the other hand reduce the job opportunities, and often the average segment of the labor suffer from this.