Yabda 1st Project Meeting and Design Meeting in Tunis


Yabda partners met from the 2nd to the 4th of July 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia to assess the project progress and organize forthcoming project implementation.

In the framework of the project meeting, hosted by the Yabda partner, Universite Tunis El Manar - UTEM, the Design meeting aiming to approve the Yabda Entrepreneurship model developed, was also held.

The programme for both the Yabda Project Meeting and the Design Meeting can be found here.

The opening ceremony of the Management Board meeting chaired by Professor Abderrahim Khalidi, Coordinator of the project, was held on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:00 in the conference hall of Belvedere Fourati hotel, Tunis in the presence of Mr. President of Tunis El Manar University Professor Fethi Sellouati and Mr. Vice President Professor Youcef Ben Othman and the different representatives of the member universities of the YABDA project. Professor Fethi Sellouati, President of Tunis El Manar University welcomed the various partners of the Yabda project. He referred to the importance and expected impact of this project, in particular for the partners of the Maghreb countries in terms of exchange of good practices to establish strategies adapted to the context of Maghreb universities to ensure employability of graduates.

In the framework of the project meeting, partners meticulously discussed the deliverables produced so far and put special emphasis to the organization of the forthcoming “train-the-trainers” workshops, which are to be implemented in all three partner countries, aiming to create and train the core teams for Yabda implementation in partner universities: the Yabda Enterprise teams.

Following the presentation of good practices in the earlier session, in the framework of the Design Meeting, the Management Board focused on the Yabda Entrepreneurship Model. The Design Meeting allowed for brainstorming on a needs-tailored Model for the Maghrebin partners, based on the recommendation for the Yabda Entrepreneurship Centre Model, presented by AUEB.

Discussions focused on the mission and activities of the Entrepreneurship Centres to be developed using the Model, the resources required, and the target groups to benefit from their operation. The model also listed the points that need to be clarified within each university in its strategic institutional plan.

Partners accomplished all project meeting and design meeting objectives and acknoledged that project progress and the high quality of Yabda products attest to the partnership’s commitment.