Global skills and employability - Focus on an international project at HEG Arc
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.
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.
Title: Acquiring global skills for sustainable employability
Period: 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2022
Programme: International programme for worldwide cooperation
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 - International Programme
Movetia offers the opportunity to implement collaborative projects between Switzerland and the rest of the world as part of the International Programme. 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.