Kick-off meeting, 13th March 2013 in Venice

The ISLAH project (Instrument at Support of Labour Market and Higher Education), coordinated by the Interuniversity Consortium AlmaLaurea, has been officially launched during the International Conference organized by AlmaLaurea at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice from the 12th March 2013, “Investing on youth: tomorrow is now”. Works on the launching of the project took place on the 13th and 14th March.

The ISLAH project, a three-year duration project (2013-2015), obtained the approval and the financing from European Union, enlarging a collaboration experience already strengthen with several Moroccan universities (GrInsA project).

In the Mediterranean area, the ISLAH project, with the support of the  World Bank and of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), intends to increase the importance of the system  of graduates monitoring (previously developed within the Tempus project  GrInsA) in favor of a greater number of Moroccan universities (from 4 to 7), and to enlarge the initiative to Tunisia.

The project sets the participation of seven Moroccan universities (Agadir, El Jadida, Fès, Marrakech, Meknès, Oujda, Tétouan-Tangier) and four Tunisian universities (Gabes, Gafsa, Jendouba, Monastir), the support and active participation of Ministries of University and Research of both countries, of Tunisian Ministry of Labor and of the  Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM).

The initiative is also supported by the Moroccan National  Evaluation Authority (Instance Nationale d’Evaluation), the European partners from the University Aix-Marseille and the University of Tarragona, from the CEREQ of Marseille andfrom the Quality Agency for Catalan Universities (AQU) of Barcelona.

The ISLAH project intends to create two National Observatories (in Morocco and in Tunisia) with the support of a network of local observatories having as main goals the monitoring of the higher education system, young graduates’ access to labor market , dialogue with firms and job mobility.