As we have already informed, today YSU hosted the final conference of the project “HEN-GEAR”. After the conference the participants had the opportunity to hear about the experience of cooperation with the enterprises of both Armenian and Italian universities. The discussion was called “Cooperation of Higher Education and the labor market: challenges, priorities and opportunities of the future.” The round table was attended by the representatives of the institutions participating in the project “HEN-GEAR”, as well as employers, invited by the Alumni and Career Centre of YSU. The speakers were the representatives of a number of educational institutions, employment centers and other areas.
The aim of the discussion was to find out the priorities of the labor market and the sector of education. That is why the experts invited to the conference made an attempt to identify and analyze problems comprehensively, focusing on the current situation and the proposed mechanisms.
Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan noted that the discussions in this format can give good results and lead to cooperation. According to him, YSU has consistently taken steps to find ways of cooperation with enterprises. Moreover, it is a part of the strategic plan of YSU.
Director of the Centre of Professional Orientation of the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Haykuhi Gevorgyan welcomed the participants of the round table and presented a report on the topic “Problems of professional orientation in Armenia”. She believes that today in Armenia, in some cases the choice of a profession is a problem of stereotypes.
Haykuhi Gevorgyan also pointed out the problems related to the unemployment and career building centers. According to the experts, despite the fact that there are centers of vocational guidance, however, they do not have the necessary methodological basis. Consequently, such approaches engender distrust. The implementation of the new system and policy of vocational guidance was then described by the speaker.
Director of Alumni and Career Centre of YSU Lilit Hakobyan spoke about the center’s activities and mutually beneficial cooperation with a number of companies: “At a number of faculties of YSU Councils for Cooperation with enterprises have been formed. The purpose of faculties and our structure is to make students more competitive. The periodically organized trainings pursue right this purpose. We believe that all the HEI should get involved in this process. We had a similar experience last year, which should become a good tradition.”
At the end of the meeting the speakers responded to questions from the audience. It was also noted about the importance of the student volunteer work. According to the experts, this approach will provide with more opportunities to gain a professional experience that will be an incentive for future success.