Career Orientation Project (April – November, 2014)
1) to increase awareness about mobility opportunities during study process and early career planing advantages in the career process;
2) to strengthen career planing and management skills of students enrolled in study programmes in Lithuania.
- Developed and launched the internet portal www.partners4value.lt that facilitates international and local internship opportunities search and encourages students/recent graduates to use other career orientation services offered by the Partners 4 Value – the first University-Business Consortium in Lithuania. The portal also provides opportunity for international organisations/enterprises to upload their internship vacancy notices and advertisements about entry level positions for recent graduates.
- 6 career orientation events organised in 5 Universities.
Accredited Higher Education Mobility Consortia “Partners 4 Value”
The Mobility Consortium “Partners 4 Value” is established between the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK) (most influential umbrella business organization in Lithuania, leading the Consortium), and 5 Lithuanian universities – Vilnius University, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas University of Technology, Vytautas Magnus University and Klaipeda University.
The Consortium aims at:
a) promoting and facilitating transnational mobility of students and staff of 5 Lithuanian universities;
b) receiving incoming staff from public and private organisations for teaching purposes.
The project covers four main activity packages:
1. Coordination of International Partners’ Network ensuring individual relations management with every partner and the Network’s expansion in line with universities’ priorities;
2. Participants’ information, engagement and preparation for mobility including Mobility Agreements management;
3. Supervisory implementation of mobility and monitoring the progress against the intended results;
4. Post-mobility execution including evaluation, recognition and tracking continuous career/professional developments of the mobility participants.
The Mobility Consortium activities are built on the intervention logic of practically promoting Education to Employment (E2E) model in the increased internationalisation context. For sustaining the implementation of this logic, the Consortium takes as a basis the already established International Partners Network. The Consortium manages individual relationships with each International Partner to bring about mutual benefits in providing quality placements/training visits for interns/staff from participating HEIs and facilitate international partners’ staff visits for teaching purposes. The Network includes over 100 organisations ranging from intergovernmental organisations, independent research institutes, think tanks, NGOs and business (multinationals, SMEs). The added value of the Consortium vs. individual university’s activities is ensured by pooling and sharing responsibilities, using in-house expertise, competences and comparative advantages of every partner to ensure quality and cost-efficient mobility process.
1. Enlarged International Partners Network ensuring more quality mobility opportunities especially for students/staff from technologies and science;
2. Easier access for mobility participants to placements/training visits including at world known intergovernmental organisations/multinationals;
3. Improved quality of mobility participants preparation process (new tailored trainings, e-learning tool for pre-departure preparation, more individualised career orientation services);
4. Strengthened partnership building, career orientation, M&E capacities at participating organisations resulting in improvements vis-à-vis clients-orientation, quality management and internationalisation as well as closer university-business links.
5. Higher number of mobile students and improved mobility performance, increased employability and improved career prospects (at least 100 students sent for internships during each mobility period);
6. Improved competences of university staff linked to their professional activity, opportunities for professional development and career and greater support for students mobility activities as part of study process (at least 50 staff sent for training visits during each mobility period);
7. Greater internationalisation of studies and stronger links with “real life” by providing opportunities for staff from public/private organisations from abroad to teach at universities and share their know-how with students (at least 25 staff invited for teaching purposes during each mobility period);
8. Proven evidences on the links between practical “real life” experience and employability/professional development/career prospects.