What is the STREAM project?
University Student Capacity Building: Towards Readiness for Sustainable Development-Oriented Regional Job Market / STREAM
In the MENA region the unemployment rate among HE graduates is among the highest in the world as a direct result of the mismatch between education outcomes and expectations of the labor market. With the fast-evolving pattern of the market-needs as a result of revolutionary technologies such as Industry 4.0, AI, robotics and machine learning, a new shift in human resource requirements map is at hand leaving HEIs with an inevitable time-pressing challenge to adjust the learning processes to yield particular competencies that expand way beyond the technical knowledge that has been the focus for many decades. It is thus the aim of this project is to develop a generation of globally-exposed HE graduates, equipped with essential character, social and cognitive skills blended with academic competencies, with a higher degree of readiness for the fast-evolving community and job market, and who are capable to integrate effectively in multicultural, diverse eco-system. Hence, Competence-tailored Student Journey Map that blends academic and academic-complimentary competencies during the student lifetime is introduced. A pilot set of competence-tailored 35 short- and 10 long-term extracurricular activities & “quests” are designed and programmed into the LMS & SIS of partner HEIs, along with 35 courses (120 ECTS) in Engineering and ICT restructured to align with SDGs in competency-based format, targeting the full envisioned picture of the future “Global Citizen” possessing competencies that were clearly identified via an exhaustive gap analysis developed at the beginning of the project. A target of at least 60 students at each of the 7 partner HEIs in Egypt, Jordan and Algeria is planned. Student-Stakeholders Engagement Portal, where employers and students share their profiles and where both have open arena to engage in internships, summer jobs, capacity building programs is essential in the proposed integrative (academic/extracurricular/industry engagement) approach.
WP1 - Survey and Gap Analysis
This gap analysis, concluding Work Package 1 (Preparation) of the STREAM project - necessary to identify the fine-tuned implementation steps of the entire project - will help to increase the awareness of the current employability & market-needs compatibility situation and pave the road for guided development of the project activities towards its goal. To achieve its ultimate objective consists of 3 main deliverables:
(1) identifying the current state of the graduates' qualifications and competencies at the participating countries and the MENA region in general;
(2) surveying of the current and future market trends and needs in terms of skills and competencies of the graduates in the participating MENA partner countries and in the EU;
(3) identifying and defining the exact roadmap to bridge from (1) and (2).
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