Aiming to connect the University Study Program and the Kurdistan Region Institutes to the Labour Market and familiarize students in Higher Education with labour law and social security retirement, the Scientific Research and the Labour Ministries Signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement.
Today Tuesday, the 8th of 2022, under the supervision of the Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Dr. Aram Muhamad Qadir and the Minister of Labour, Ms. Kwestan Muhamad, the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was done. In this session, the deputy of both ministries, the Erbil Polytechnic University Rector Asst. Prof. Dr. Edrees Muhamad Tahir Harki and the consultants and General Directors of the mentioned ministries were present. In a ceremony, both ministries signed an MOU agreement to develop talented people and the employment process.
In the beginning, the Labour Minister talked about the importance of signing the MOU and said: “the main aim of this MOU is to build scientific collaboration and get benefit from the human and financial capacity of both ministries and knowledge exchange concerning labour market needs and matching them with the study programme and training of universities.” She also said “there will be a collaboration between the employment departments of the Labour Directorates of the Labour Ministry with Career Development Centers of the Kurdistan universities to register university alumni to get trained and find job opportunities in the private sectors.
From his side, the Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister mentioned the effective points of the MOU. He said: that widening the vocational and technical program scope and further jointing the Technical Programme process with the labour market needs, and reviewing vocational and technical studying program strategy in the Kurdistan Region is one of our ministry priorities in the current Kurdistan Region Government Cabinet. This is why; signing such MOU agreements will motivate us to take a great of vocational and technical study.
Dr. Aram Muhamad Qadir also said that the MOU’s essential points are doing joint works to determine necessary skills and skills space and toning them with labour market needs and the Kurdistan Development Direction. Furthermore, we should also plan to search for university alumni to collect information about the opportunity rate of finding jobs, and evaluating their job relationship with their specialties and talents.
It is worth mentioning that another part of the signed MOU between the two ministries is to motivate the Kurdistan universities researchers to do scientific research regarding the influence of implementation (labour law, retirement, and social security law for the workers) on the labour market and the Kurdistan Region economy development, and arranging job opportunity training for the polytechnic universities to benefit from the vocational training sports of the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry, encouraging the Kurdistan Region universities alumni to participate in the vocational training and strengthening capacity training courses to prepare youth to have their projects when they step towards labour market.