This forum is part of the UfM initiative ‘Reinforcing the innovation-employability nexus in the Mediterranean’, bringing together academia, industry, and policymakers to discuss, assess and share experiences and best practices around strengthening innovation and improving the employability of graduates.
Even with substantial differences in political, social, and economic conditions across the Mediterranean region, the 25% youth unemployment and the un- and underemployment of university graduates has been a major challenge with all of the characteristics of a so-called “wicked problem”. It is socially complex, has many interdependencies, and is charged with social, economic and considerations that limit the effectiveness of any single course of action. Wicked problems can be best tackled by taking a collaborative approach, engaging all stakeholders to create a common vision and narrative, and develop innovative strategies.
In recent years, the Union for the Mediterranean has therefore doubled its commitment to higher, developing exchange platforms that enhance information flows between academia, industry and policymakers, fostering dialogue and a shared vision. In the quest for increased connectivity between the three spheres to power innovation and employability, higher education institutions and research centres are seen as key drivers of change, ideally suited to ‘connect the dots’ because they are impartial, and driven by curiosity and long-term perspectives. However, to deliver on those expectations, the three spheres must work together. Together they can become a new motor of innovation and employability
- innovation | research policy
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- Live streaming available
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