Representatives of a number of enterprises, international organizations, decision-makers of enterprise unions, government officials and experts in this field participated in the roundtable entitled “The educational system of Armenia and the Labor Market: Problems and steps to enhance cooperation”. Part of them came to the fair to find their future employees.
“Despite the fact that we are trying for years to bring the university closer to the labor market, until now there is dissatisfaction in the area of both parties: employers state that the universities cannot develop the curricula which should meet the requirements of the labor market, and the universities are dissatisfied that the business world pays little attention to the universities, is not involved in the development and implementation of educational programs,” - said YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, adding that it is time to forget about the dissatisfaction and begin to cooperate.
The program of the roundtable included reports devoted to the relationship of universities and employers. The reports addressed the problems of youth in the labor market, development of career management, vocational guidance, cooperation between the universities and enterprises.
“Today, a new term has come into use all over the world: student employment capacity. It is the ability of the student or graduate to find a job and make steps in the labor market in future. Today, the role of the university has also changed a little: it must not only provide with professional knowledge, but also to teach general skills required for the employment capacity,” - said Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Armenia Karine Harutyunyan and added that for employers this is as a good opportunity to see more specialists right from the student years.”
One report related to the strategy in the direction of cooperation between the enterprises and YSU. Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan focused on those subdivisions of the university that provide this cooperation, stressed the effectiveness of application of information technologies in this process and introduced the registered results so far.
“We have developed a portal of cooperation with the enterprises in the framework of Cap4Com program, which consists of several systems, complementing each other. Announcements about courses, internship and job offers will be posted here. Continuing the application of the information technologies, I should note that we provide our about 19,000 students with e-mail addresses that are stored after graduation, thereby ensuring the strengthening of ties between the university and graduates. We also develop cooperation in the framework of “Hen Gear” program. The database of graduates was made in its framework and this information will be available to employers,” - said Mr. Markosyan.
The roundtable turned into an active debate, which, according to the participants, will contribute to ensure close cooperation between employers and universities.