New partnership to boost graduate employability

An agreement aiming to improve employment prospects for graduates has been signed between the faculty of economic sciences and management of Tunis University and CONECT, an organisation representing companies.

The partnership between the faculty, known as FSEG Tunis, and the Confédération des Entreprises Citoyennes de Tunis, or CONECT, will result in training courses for teachers that are recognised by trade and professional organisations and improve FSEGT graduates’ employability through CONECT’s educational programmes, internships and coaching, reported La Presse of Tunis.

Douja Ben Mahmoud Gharbi, CONECT’s first vice-president responsible for entrepreneurship, sustainable development and communication, said the partnership “focuses especially on implementing an action plan around several guiding approaches.

“This partnership allows FSEG Tunis to be associated with economic and social events organised by CONECT, as well as programmes for training and improving the employability of young graduates launched by CONECT and its partners. This agreement will bring a new dynamic. It will especially allow students to be open to the entrepreneurial environment,” she said.

The agreement aimed “to adapt university education to the needs of companies”, added Najoua Fakhfakh, a lecturer at FSEGT with responsibility for public-private partnerships at 4C, the faculty’s careers and certification of skills centre, reported La Presse.

Dr Férihane Boussofara, director of 4C, said it would serve as a foundation to establish a fruitful partnership between the faculty and CONECT, making graduate employment easier thanks to the organisation of work placements within companies, and research projects which students would carry out under the responsibility of the tutors, reported La Presse.

“The organisation of seminars, conferences and debates promotes the development of a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship in FSEG Tunis students. Today there is a long waiting time of more than 24, and even 36 months to obtain a degree. Our aim is to help students get a move on,” she said.

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