An EU funded project that strengthens cooperation between universities and companies while enhancing graduate employability.

Started: 2015

Funding: Erasmus+ Key Action 2

Project budget: 294,229 €

Length: 3 years

Partners: 10


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The project #empl-oi (European Mobility Placements for Open Innovation) proposes a scheme which aims to ensure favourable circumstances for students to earn competences, which are highly valued in the labour market and thus considerably increase the employability of prospective graduates. Involving labour market actors in the design and delivery of programmes, and including practical experience in courses will help to attune the curricula to current and emerging labour market needs and foster employability and entrepreneurial awareness. The ultimate vision of the project is to create structured, favourable and mutually beneficial ecosystem for transnational University-Business cooperation and study models that require students to act across traditional boundaries.

The outcomes of the project are:

  • The online course on social entrepreneurship is aimed at fostering understanding about social entrepreneurship and therefore also about the entrepreneurial competences and attitudes.
  • The guidelines will showcase a comprehensive model of university-business cooperation and propose ways of efficiently gathering communication and feedback from the labour market to be integrated in the courses and curriculum.
  • An innovative collaboration structure will reinforce ongoing cooperation between employers and academic staff on a local and international level.
  • Policy recommendations will summarise the conclusions and results of the project and provide practical, evidence-based suggestions for policy-makers.

Partners: University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, European University Foundation, University of Lodz, University of Naples Federico II, University of Alcalá, Vytautas Magnus University, Erasmus Student Network, Advanticsys, UAB Festo, Lithuanian business confederation.