SEMSEM:A REGIONAL, STRUCTURAL PROJECT
The acronym SEMSEM (Services for Employability and Mobility in the form of Business Internships for Students from the Maghreb/Mashreq) means “sesame” in Arabic and refers to an ancient Arabian tale that is included in the Persian Thousand and One Nights stories:Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.SEMSEM is the magic word that opens the door to the treasure.
SEMSEM is a regional, structural project covering seven countries:Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Germany, Spain and France.
In line with the priorities set by the European Commission (Bologna, Bergen, Lisbon), this project is aimed at modernising higher education in the neighbouring countries to the South and promoting convergence with the European Higher Education Area.
Its principal aim is to optimise the employability of young graduates and help them to get a foothold in the labour market more rapidly.
SEMSEM is a REGIONAL programme, because the problems that have been identified and their recommended solutions are identical in Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, although more or less acute depending on the country.By pooling internship offers and demands from the seven countries, the SEMSEM platform will increase South-South cooperation by fostering international mobility.
SEMSEM is also a STRUCTURAL programme.
Consultations were held with the ministries of the four partner countries in January and February 2013.They are keenly interested in the quality internship charter and the tools for increasing the number of internships that SEMSEM offers, as well as by the planned indicators, which they regard as tools that they can use in their recommendations.The outcome could range from a simple official ministerial recommendation to a memorandum and the introduction of a new directive concerning state approval for educational courses.With a view to this, SEMSEM is counting on validation from the higher education ministries as results are obtained and is planning a major dissemination campaign in its third year.The public authorities will be heavily involved in the national dissemination days, taking over from the organisers and playing the role of specifier.