Project Partners

AlmaLaurea Consortium (AL), born as pilot project in the University of Bologna, with the support of the Ministry of Education, in its 18 years of activity has become a highly qualified component of the entire Italian university system. AL aims at monitoring the quality of the educational processes of graduates as well as their occupational conditions and at facilitating the matching of demand and supply of qualified labour. It also provide career guidance to prospective university students. The institutionalization as an Inter-University Consortium and the growing voluntary membership of an ever more substantial number of universities (64 universities, with 1.700.000 curricula vitae stored in a databank, at January 2013) has made AL a core point of reference for the universities’ governance bodies, for analysts, students, teachers, and for businesses seeking qualified personnel.

AL’s uniqueness lies in having created an integrated system able to guarantee documentation complete (universities are accepted into the Consortium on condition that they make available information on their entire student body), periodic (the surveys are taken at regular intervals), well-timed (year after year, a ‘snapshot’ of the universities’ internal and external performances may be obtained) and bring it up to date (databank kept ‘alive’ to the extent that the CVs are updated by the graduates themselves and therefore kept up with the graduates’ professional data). All of these factors are made possible by the extended use of ICT system, both for managing the graduate database and for disseminating its services via Internet. For such reasons AL has gained importance beyond national borders: cooperation is in place with EU countries (as France, Spain, with network INGRADNET-Kassel Univ. and EUNIS) , and the model has been already replicated in some Moroccan Univ. under EU Tempus (Grinsa). World Bank and UPM (Union for the Med) strongly support enlargment in Southern Med.

The Armenian Ministry of Education and Science and the Armenian Ministry of Labour and Social Issues decided to develop this proposal, seen as an important opportunity to transfer locally the database system concept as developed by AL, finding Armenian context starting conditions close to those experienced in the Italy: the need to verify effectiveness and quality of the university careers through a process of quality assessment; to bridge the gaps in existing statistics; to facilitate the access of graduates to the job market at national and international level; to consolidate relations between universities and companies at national as well as at international level; to increase in value the National University system as a whole. The objective is to develop a national registry of graduates extended to the whole students population.

The development of a Armenian National Graduates database will require an initial phase of implementation and test running with the involvement of a number of universities driving the national experimentation. For these reasons 8 ARMENIAN UNIVERSITIES agreed to be part of the starting pilot: Yerevan State University (YSU), Armenia State University of Economics (ASUE),Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction (YSUAC), State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), Armenia State Agrarian University (ASAU), Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts (YSAFA), Gavar State University (GSU) and Gyumri State Pedagogic University (GSPU). ASUE and YSUAC will act as local Lead partners ensuring coordination of the activities. The role is due to their deep experience in Tempus and the proactive action of support did towards the other HEIs in order to adhere to the present project.

Three Iberian universities are involved. The University of Minho (UM), has ongoing experience in cooperation with the Caucasus area, it is the 2nd largest in number of students in Portugal, have a strong reputation at EU level. The university have successfully promoted internal services aimed to strengthen relations with its socio-economic environment, and is building monitoring system procedures based on labour market performances. The University of Huelva (UV) and theUniversity of Las Palmas  (ULP) have strong experience in establishment and management of University career/ placement services and fully shares the AlmaLaurea placement services approach since the development in 2011 of the Uniportall Project (European Social Fund and Andalucía Region) aiming at establish connections among Universities career services. Starting by 2012 they are developing, in cooperation with other 4 Spanish universities and the Spanish Ministry of Labour a feasibility study on the development of a Interuniversity Consortium, named Porta Láurea (clearly inspired to the Italian good practice), managing an information system aimed at developing graduates job insertion monitoring tools and graduates job demand/supply web services.

The transfer of experience from these partner to Armenian universities will promote a “monitoring culture” for the appraisal of University reform implementation, according to international standards, thus reinforcing external evaluation processes managed by the recently established National Centre for Professional Education Quality of Assurance Foundation (ANQA). ANQA will take direct part to pilot DB development and training initiative linked with data exploitation and indicators use for monitoring and assessment purposes.

Other important actors involved in the project are representative of the main stakeholders, theArmenian National Student's Association (ANSA) as coordinator of pilot evaluation actions. they will monitor how the data base will increase graduates job opportunities and potentiate human resources allocation for companies during and after the project completion. Union Of Manufacturers and  Business of Armenia will take care involve representative of the Armenian entrepreneurial and productive sector in order to test the services in their usability aspects.