EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport

National Erasmus+ Office - Lebanon


Workshop on "Programme design to address employability"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Erasmus+ Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) is organising on 29 November 2017 a workshop on “Programme design to address employability”  at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (Audithorium 12th fl0or).

This event is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, as part of a series of Erasmus+ events contributing to higher education reform at national level. 

It will offer a good occasion to reflect on this issue and exchange ideas and experiences.  Lessons are expected to be drawn and recommendations to be made.

 The EU Expert, Professor Gilberto Antonelli, Manager of the AlmaLaurea project, University of Bologna, Italy, will participate in this workshop.

All the Lebanese Higher Education Institutions are kindly invited to nominate their representatives to this important workshop.


Concept Note


The concept of employability in higher education is multidimensional, and there is no general consensus on its meaning. Awaiting a common definition, there are three dimensions that have prompted us to put forward this theme:

-       adapt the curriculum, when designed, to include competences required by the local and global markets,

-       improve the employment of fresh graduates, and

-       improve the relationship between higher education and labor markets.

This workshop is an invitation to Lebanese higher education institutions (HEIs) to think together and exchange experiences on how to prepare graduates for the world of work. Several questions are to be addressed: Are the required competences included in the curriculum? If the answer is no, is it intended to be amended to include them? when and how? If yes, what approaches have to be adopted to serve employability? What models are used for employability? How successful have been these models?

The multiple facets of employability touch upon a variety of issues, not least the dynamics of the labor market and the changing economic conditions. This workshop focuses on curricula and programmes design to improve employability of graduates. One would start looking at the dynamics of the needs of the labor market, particularly in terms of competencies and skills. The prediction of this dynamism, if it is possible in the well-developed and industrialized countries, is not easy in Lebanon, despite the great efforts exerted by the Lebanese National Employment Office which defines the skills and competencies needed by many professions. In this context, it is legitimate to inquire if it is possible to rely on international studies and reports to form an idea of the global evolutions of demands and how to project them on the local situation.  One also must take into consideration that a significant number of our graduates seek jobs abroad.

Independently from the labor market needs and evolutions, there exist general skills that help facilitating the employability of graduates. Several institutions, like  for instance, the University of Kent in UK, the Pearson report entitled “the Learning Curve”, or the USA employability skills framework (ESF), have defined such skills. The general skills can be generally grouped as communication skills, technology use skills, leadership, and entrepreneurship. It is important to reach a consensus about the general skills that have to be included in a new Lebanese higher education programme and curriculum, and to revisit the existing programmes/curricula to make sure if these skills are being included.

Improving employability may also depend on the adopted model in a programme. Knight and York identified six models for embedding employability. It would be important to define a list of models and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each model, especially when related to enhance employability. Afterwards, one model could be chosen per programme depending on the field and on the context. For example, shall problem based learning be adopted for technical and engineering programmes? To what extent? Shall real-life problems be considered as examples? To what extent work placements shall be adopted? What about internationalization?

The workshop will form a good occasion to address these issues. A reader is being prepared as an introductory reference.


Workshop on

Programme design to address employability

Amphitheatre of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education

29 November 2017



09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:15 Welcome notes
                       - Aref Alsoufi, National Erasmus+ Office
                       - Fouad Rahmeh, President of Lebanese Business Association (RDCL)
                       - Fadi Gemayel, President of Association of Lebanese Industrials
                       - EU Delegation to Lebanon (tbc)
                       - Ahmad Jammal, Director General of Higher Education
10:15 - 11:30 Session1: Moderated by HERE Lebanon
                       - Graduates and graduates’ jobs in Europe after a first round of the Bologna Process. Evidence from the past and future scenarios for employability, Gilberto                                Antonelli, University of Bologna, Italy
                       - Questions/Debate/Exchanges
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 13:30 Session2: Roundtable on EU projects addressing employability, moderated by Hervé Sabourin, Directeur Régional, Bureau Moyen-Orient, AUF
                       - Tempus project PACOME: Nizar Hariri, USJ
                       - Tempus project OIPULES : Nathalie Bitar, AUF
                       - Tempus projects DEFI and SEMSEM: Chawki Diab, CNAM; Dany Mezher, USJ
                       - Erasmus+ project RESUME: Véronique Kazpard, Lebanese University
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Session3: Moderated by Pierre Gedeon, HERE Lebanon
                       - Local study: Key elements to gainful employment, Diane Nauffal, LAU
                       - Models for assessing employability and innovation in curricula profiles. The AlmaLaurea contribution, Gilberto Antonelli, University of Bologna, Italy
                       - Case of the Tempus project ADIP, Daher El Aily, AUL; Mario Sassine, USEK
                       - Discussion
16:00 - 16:30 Session4: Conclusions, Closing (Ahmad Jammal and Gilberto Antonelli)


Marwa Azouri AKU
Paul Abi Nasr (representing President Gemayel) Associaltion of Lebanese Industrialists
Alia Alameddine AUB
Dina Madi AUB
Enja Osman AUB
Marina Gharibian AUB
Nuhad Yazbik-Dumit AUB
Hervé Sabourin AUF
Nathalie Bitar AUF
Daher El-Aily AUL
Raghida Ramadan AUL
Michel Abou Ghantous AUT
Chérine Jneid Azm University
Jamal Abed Azm University
Samer Nakhle AZM University
Mohamed Balouza BAU
Sobhi Abou Chahine BAU
Wassim Itani BAU
Ali Tarabay BIU
Hisham EL-Hage BIU
Ahmad Jammal DGHE
Jawhara Saliba DGHE
Najah Hamdan ENA
Ahmad Afra GU
Ghaleb El Araissi GU
Iman Kanaan Independent
Kamal Merheb Independent
Antoine Yazigi Independent - Level5 s.a.r.l
Chaouki Diab ISSAE-CNAM Liban
joumana Younis IUL
Shams Issa JU
Diane Nauffal LAU
Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss LAU
Fouad Rahme Lebanese Business Association
samir Matar LGU
Ahmad Faraj LIU
Amin Haj-Ali LIU
Hassan HajjHussein LIU
Tarek Harb LIU
Bassem Kaissi MUBS
Samer Hamzeh MUBS
Aref Alsoufi NEO
Alexis Afeiche Press - L'orient le jour
Rana Berry PU
Jamil Hammoud RHU
Mohamed Tarabay RHU
Chady Abou Jaoude UA
Adel Khalife UL
Anissa Issa UL
Hayat Akoum UL
Lina Ismaiil UL
Nada Slim UL
Veronique Kazpard UL 
Wafaa Kichli UL
Zalpha Ayoubi UL
Mohamad Alwan UL- IUT
Rafic Hage Chehade UL- IUT
P. Dominique LABAKI ULS
Tanios Kassis ULS
Gilberto Antonelli UNIBO / EU Expert
Rihab EL-HELOU Universities Association of Lebanon
Ammar Charif Yakan University of Tripoli
Antoine Abche UOB
Kasem Masri USAL
Yasser Fadlallah USAL
Karine Nasr Demerjian USEK
Mario Sassine USEK
Carole Moukawam Dib USJ
Dalal Moukarzel USJ
Edmond Chidiac USJ
Hala Kerbage USJ
Nizar Hariri USJ
Nada Moghaizel Nasr USJ / HERE