* This project has been selected as a "success story" by a panel of experts from the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission *
UNIWORK aims to boost university-industry links that foster sustainable socio-economic development in Central Asia (CA), through enhancing the capacities of HEIs in effectively promoting employability of graduates and entrepreneurship culture amongst students, in line with Bologna and Tempus priorities.
Specifically the project aims:
a. To transform the Career Centres of 12 PC HEIs into truly efficient instruments to promote and support employment and entrepreneurship amongst students, creating a role model for other HEIs in the partner countries
b. To reinforce university-enterprise relationships, developing tools and mechanisms for active involvement of enterprises in the Career Centres (CaCe)
UNIWORK, implemented by a consortium of HEIs, Enterprise associations and HE policy makers, will attain the most urgent needs of the CA HEI sector and economies through:
1. Creating a knowledge base & identifying good practice in CA & EU regarding employment & entrepreneurship. Outputs: Published reports including a Good Practice Guide
2 Building capacities of the staff of 12 CA Career Centres, benefiting also students and other CA HEIs. Outputs: Training Materials, E-learning resources for students & staff.
3. Strengthening organizational capacities of Career Centres. Outputs: enhanced organisational & technical capacities of 12 HEIs' Career Centres.
4. Enhance services for students. Outputs: Employment Fairs, Business Plan Competition, Services
5. Policy Support & Networking Actions for active stakeholder inclusion & building bridges between HE & Enterprise. Outputs: National Fora, Stakeholder working groups, Alumni-Networks, Regional Forum, policy recommendations.
6. Disseminating project results following a strategic approach addressing the various target groups & stakeholders.
Through its activities and sustainable outputs, UNIWORK will benefit not only the 12 Central Asian HEIs directly involved, but also other HEIs and stakeholders in the Region of Central Asia.