The recent economic and political crisis in the South Mediterranean (SM) region and the general frustration of young people for obstructing their entrance to the job market show that access to higher education is NOT a sufficient prerequisite for economic/political stability and job creation. The mismatch between academic programmes and labour market has created a political and economic void where young, high educated people have difficult to build careers in the industrial sector. A new educational and training model is proposed by SM WELD to enhance the employability of academic and technical personnel as well as creating entrepreneurial incitements and by this contributing to the improvement of the standard of life.
As the need for modernization of curricula and its adaptation to the industry requirements is apparent, the academic institutions and Ministries of Education in PCs are committed to implement the welding education programmes. Short and long term strategic decisions have been discussed and will be considered as the part of education and training curriculum development.
In addition, new method of education such as OER will be implemented to support access to education of groups from disadvantaged groups and/or living in secluded locations. This problem is addressing the national priorities in Algeria and Tunisia in Category B: Learning and teaching tools, methodologies and pedagogical approaches.