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Mas-Colell explains that initiatives such as the Industrial Doctorates Plan contribute to strengthening business fabric

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13-05-15 12.53

At the AQU conference on graduate employment

Minister Mas-Colell highlights the important role of universities in providing suitable training for human capital

Mas-Colell explained that initiatives promoted by the university system, such as the Parla3 Programme and the Industrial Doctorates Plan, help strengthen the business fabric

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The Minister for Economy and Knowledge, Andreu Mas-Colell today highlighted ‘the important role of universities in adequate training of human capital’. The minister made these declarations during the inauguration of the conference Graduate employment: results and challenges organised today by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU) to present the Ocupadors study in which over 1,300 Catalan companies were interviewed to find out their opinion of graduates’ skills.

The minister stressed that the AQU study is a ‘very good tool’ for finding out the skills demanded of graduates in the labour market. However, the minister explained that, as well as asking employers, the Catalan university system ‘has to surprise them and make progress in improving graduate training’. In this context, he highlighted two initiatives promoted by the government through the Secretariat for Universities and Research: the Parla3 Programme and the Industrial Doctorates Plan.

With respect to the Parla3 Programme to enable students to graduate with an advanced level in a third language (English, French, German or Italian), the minister explained that although employers have pointed out deficiencies in language skills, it is the universities and government that have designed a strategy to ‘finally make this skill a reality’ and contribute to greater competitiveness among graduates and our industrial fabric.

In regard to the Industrial Doctorates Plan, minister Mas-Colell stated that ‘it is proving to be a great success’. The Industrial Doctorates Plan incorporates highly qualified human capital into the productive fabric so doctoral students can produce their theses in the context of a research project in a company. The plan is currently accepting applications for 75 new projects, in addition to the 150 that are already under way, with the participation of 120 companies. 

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