MTU, ECNWM and MES established a joint Council in order to prepare the professional staff according to the needs of the labor market

Skopje, 12.10.2022 – “Mother Teresa’’ University in Skopje, in cooperation with the Economic Chamber of North-West Macedonia, and with the Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Jeton Shaqiri, today organized a round table discussion on the topic “Harmonizing study programs in higher education with labor market needs”.

The purpose of this discussion was to develop a debate on how to achieve interaction and cooperation between these three institutions, with the aim of universities to prepare students for companies, especially preparing profiles that are not offered by any university in the country.

During his speech, Rector Zeqiri presented data on the large number of unemployed people who have completed higher education but whose profiles do not match the requirements of the labor market.

‘The five largest companies in the world, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, have established their own universities, where they prepare staff for their needs, and the reason for this step is that their products have created new professions, which are not offered in other universities. The same is happening here, there are many new professions, which are not offered by any study program’, said Zeqiri.

Rector Zeqiri added that MTU intends to offer short programs for the training of those who have completed higher education, or without higher education, through three, six and 12-month training, certified and accredited by MES.

The President of the Economic Chamber of North-West Macedonia, Mr. Nebi Hoxha, in his presentation said that education is the main pillar which decently affects the economic growth and development of a country. ‘We must treat this topic in a conceptual aspect and not in an econometric one, because the phenomena and results come as a result of the behavior and approach that the main actors have, in this case the institutions, especially those of education, because it is evident that business and academic school institutions do not have any cooperation to be taken as an example’, said Nebi Hoxha.

The Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Jeton Shaqiri, said that the Ministry will support all initiatives that benefit business and academia, because the whole society benefits from this cooperation.

The President of MTU Senate, Suzana Jordanovska, Ph.D., was also present at the round table discussion, while the round table was moderated and the debate was initiated by the Vice-Rector for Finance, development and research, Bujamin Bela Ph.D. This debate lasted for one hour where the members of the economic chamber and professor discussed about ways of cooperation.

In the end, it was decided to establish the Consultative Council of MTU, ECNWM and MES, which has the task of defining short study programs, with the aim of providing jobs that the labor market requires.