About UniLab

A project that puts the students in the centre

Preparing students to meet the employers' needs

The landscape of enterprise–university collaboration nowadays consists of a large number of diverse areas of cooperation such as applied research, joint education and professional development programmes or degrees, science parks, apprenticeships for the students etc.

Universities are the main providers of highly qualified staff to satisfy all areas of economy, whereas enterprises are the major beneficiaries of the knowledge and expertise attained by university students and graduates, being the main customer and beneficiary of trained personnel, as well as accumulator of intellectual capital of knowledge economy in general.

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The impact of enterprise-university collaboration on the national economies cannot be underestimated – the quality of individuals and society in general depends on job satisfaction and payment level which are to a great degree rooted in the competences acquired by the student at university. Thus, the more efficient the cooperation is between academia and business, the more successful and satisfied the community is. The social significance of the university-enterprise cooperation is immense.

UniLab will focus on the refinement of work-based practices for current students and work placements for fresh graduated, developing strategies to ensure the development of students’ employability, the promotion of entrepreneurial skills in the context of the universities’ missions, and the elaboration of extracurricular opportunities for entrepreneurial activities in collaboration with regional trade Chambers and enterprises.

The more common problems identified by partners are:

  • the Career Centres are not always involved in the practical placement procedures;
  • there is poor practical placement guidance;
  • students have uncertain perspectives of employment;
  • HEIs need to diversify the portfolio of students’ career support services;
  • HEIs need to enrich the curriculum with the relevant professional competencies identified by companies’ as their priorities;
  • agreements on university-business cooperation need to be improved;
  • students have little information on the employers and little practical training;
  • RU, BY and AZ lack of international models of practical placements;

UniLab aims to contribute to the modernisation of the higher education sector within society at large in three Partner countries (Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia) by converging with four European partners and developing tools that allow enhancing collaboration between enterprises and HEIs towards the increase of graduates’ employability.

The consortium members are committed to develop an efficient model of cooperation between universities and enterprises, promoting students internship and placement, improving occupational guidance and extra-curriculum training programmes. The project is also meant to launch a constituent dialogue between academia and enterprise, drafting models and incentives to reach the governmental bodies. The project involves all the main actors concerned: universities, enterprises, governmental bodies and other stakeholders, including professional associations, NGOs, students, etc.

You can read more details about UniLab regarding its peer learning approaches, the development of resources, the students’ portal and the international network of career centres model. following these links.

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