A video is now available of the graduation ceremony of the Euromaster "Measurement Science in Chemistry", which took place at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel, Belgium on 15 November 2012.
The graduation ceremony was attended by the graduating students, University Deans, Euromaster coordinators and invited speakers - including JRC Deputy Director-General Vladimír Šucha.
A recent alumni survey revealed that over 90% of programme's graduates went on to find a job. Employers confirmed that the Euromaster programme provides the job applicants with exactly the right skills and training that they seek in the area of quality assurance of analytical measurements. The importance of such modern, targeted programmes was underlined in a recent Communication entitled "Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes", published by the European Commission on 20 November 2012.
The Communication highlights that youth unemployment rate is approaching 23% across Europe and at the same time there are over 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled. It is imperative to ensure that education delivers the right skills for the labour market, to support young people to secure their economic future and enable businesses to grow and create new jobs.
The Communication proposes three actions to urgently boost the supply of relevant skills and increase the chances of young people and adults of getting the right assets for their success in the labour market. These actions are: i) delivering the right skills for employment, ii) new ways of teaching and learning and iii) new approaches to funding and partnerships.
The Euromaster programme, "Measurement Science in Chemistry", is offered by a consortium of nine European universities. It provides advanced training to students pursuing a career in analytical sciences. The programme is tailored to meet the needs of employers, and the graduates are primed to apply their knowledge on the job and deliver real benefits for their employer.
The JRC was instrumental in bringing together the consortium of universities. The content of the Euromaster "Measurement Science in Chemistry" was developed from the JRC's own training programme, TrainMiC®, which aims at a harmonised interpretation of the measurement requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 – the main standard for chemical and bio-analytical testing laboratories.
1) "Measurement Science in Chemistry" Euromaster: www.msc-euromaster.eu
2) JRC's TrainMiC®, programme: www.trainmic.org
3) "Rethinking education: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes": http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/rethinking_en.htm