Reinforcing the Innovation-Employability Nexus in the Mediterranean


This handbook targets decision makers in higher education institutions, research institutes, policymakers and the business sector as well as intermediary institutions (e.g. employer associations, innovation centres, clusters). It provides an overview of opportunities, tools, instruments, recommendations, and bestpractice examples promoting the employability of highly trained higher education graduates and young researchers with a special focus on the employability-innovation nexus.

It raises awareness of initiatives already in place with discussion of lessons learned and concrete suggestions for how these can be adapted and implemented to generate future career prospects for their graduates and young researchers through innovation and employability aspects.

The handbook is part of UfM’s activities in the area of Higher Education and Research contributing to the Global Development Agenda, particularly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 4, 8, 9, and 17, by bringing together experts and practitioners from public authorities, social partners and civil society organisations, to discuss, assess and disseminate experience and good practices covering the priorities set forth in the side event on the employment of Mediterranean university graduates during the 4th UfM Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour.

GUNi/ACUP have contributed to the publication

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  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government