Global skills and employability - Focus on an international project at HEG Arc

How can the global skills developed during international mobility impact on employability? This cooperation project between Switzerland and Tunisia provides the answer.

This cooperation project between Tunisia and Switzerland looked at the links between global competencies, also known as "soft skills", international mobility and employability. In an ever-changing world, employers' expectations in terms of skills are constantly evolving. Today, "the more individuals develop these global skills in addition to their business skills, the easier they will find it to navigate the world of work" (Swiss Federal Council, 2019; World Economic Forum, 2020). Through this project, it has been possible not only to study employers' needs more closely, but also to define global skills and integrate them into the thinking of institutions. The materials created can be used by other institutions interested in incorporating global skills into their curricula.  

Find out more about the project (FR)

Dr. Lamia Ben Hamida, associate professor at the Haute école de gestion Arc and project leader, tells us about this cooperation, the challenges as well as the learning associated with this experience. 

Project sheet

Title: Acquiring global skills for sustainable employability
Period: 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2022
Institutions: Haute école spécialisée de la Suisse occidentale (HES-SO)// Haute école de gestion Arc (HEG Arc), Université de Genève (Unige), Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Tunis El Manar (UTM)
Project leader: Dr. Lamia Ben Hamida, HEG Arc
Activities carried out: The project enabled :

  • Analysis of the global competences (GC) developed by students in Swiss and Tunisian higher education institutions as part of their mobility.
  • Development of a distance learning course in the form of a series of 5 interactive modules 
  • Development of a semester-long course for bachelor students who have not been able to experience international mobility.
  • Strengthening cooperation between Tunisian and Swiss university partners

Context - Cooperations coordinated by Swiss institutions

Movetia offers the opportunity to implement collaborative projects between Switzerland and the rest of the world in terms of Cooperations coordinated by Swiss institutions. Swiss educational institutions (all levels of education) can apply to Movetia for funding once a year. Projects must contribute to the development and improvement of the Swiss education system through cooperation between one or more Swiss institutions and one or more European or non-European institutions.