Innovation in society: training paths and human capital enhancement in Sudan (INSO)

  • Description

    The INSO project is financed by the Department of Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Ministry of the Interior, as part of the “International collaboration, cooperation and assistance to developing countries regarding immigration and asylum” programme, which is working to determine the motivating factors behind migration. Italy has a key role in terms of identification of the countries of origin of the migratory flow. This information is of great interest to the destination and transit countries which are part of the “Regional Development and Protection Programme for North Africa” (RDPP NA), a programme managed by the Ministry of the  Interior and financed since 2015 by the EU Commission – DG HOME with resources from the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The Italian initiative, aimed at the creation of Migration Pacts, is considered a priority by certain developing countries, including Sudan.

    Situated along one of the main migratory routes between Africa and Europe, Sudan plays a strategic role in terms of migratory flow, given its “frontier” position in relation to the Arab world and non-Mediterranean Africa.

    The general objective of the project is to promote socio-economic development in Sudan by providing skills  training and supporting professional development and integration into the workforce. The project hopes to contribute to enhancing university education which represents a crucial demographic change factor in a society in a transition phase (following the expected end of economic embargos).

    The educational training programme involves approximately 150 participants including Sudanese university students and professors and officials from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Sudan.

    Specific Objectives

     

    • To reinforce expertise in university students in the Computer Science and Information Technology degree programmes (which already lead to job placement opportunities) and provide them with additional complementary skills aimed at satisfying the needs of the production sector and local administration;
    • To support university professors and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research officials in Sudan in their career guidance role, with the aim of creating a stable relationship between universities, administration and local business;
    • To promote job placement internships with academic and  ministerial support

    The special value of the INSO project, in terms of Italian Human and Social Science research, lies in its effort to deal with the direct causes of migration and the effectiveness of migration policies.

  • Partnership:
    IRISS - Istituto di Ricerca su Innovazione e Servizi per lo Sviluppo (capofila), Centro Servizio di Ateneo per l’Apprendimento Permanente (CAP) dell’Università di Bari, Comboni College of Science and Technology (CCST), Ministero dell’Educazione Superiore e della Ricerca Scientifica della Repubblica del Sudan (MOHE)
  • Reference
    Bando del Ministero dell’Interno - Dipartimento per le libertà civili e l’immigrazione - Ufficio III Relazioni Internazionali Avviso per “Collaborazioni internazionali e cooperazione ed assistenza ai Paesi terzi in materia di immigrazione ed asilo”
  • Start:
    gennaio 2017
  • End:
    febbraio 2019

IRISS Scientific Coordinator

Involvement of IRISS

The INSO Project is being carried out by IRISS-CNR in conjunction with the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CAP), University of Bari,the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research(MOHE) in Sudan and  Comboni College of Science and Technology (CCST)in Khartoum,under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Khartoum and the Sudanese Embassy in Rome.

IRISS-CNR hopes to enhance human capital and support the creation of employment opportunities in Sudan through a training programme tailored to the needs of both the people and the area, in an effort to help reduce the underlying causes of the migratory flow. In addition, the project aims to increase the understanding of current migratory patterns in order to support the dialogue between the EU, northern Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Activities
  • Planning and execution of training for students in university Computer Science and Information Technology degree programmes, oriented towards innovation in an expanding local market. This training is carried out directly by IRISS at CCST facilities in Khartoum through a series of workshops and an e-learning platform designed by CAP, which also participates in distance teaching. The main themes are:
    • sustainable development
    • new technology in the workplace
    • identity enhancement to increase development
    • the development of micro-enterprises and e-marketing;
    • business research techniques
    • social networks and relationship dynamics;
    • social media as an instrument to promote micro-enterprises.
  • Support for university professors and officials of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Sudan via workshops conducted by IRISS and CAP, in order to expand relations between universities and the local production sector along with the creation of a network of university career guidance departments
  • Creation of a territorial and extraterritorial network in collaboration with CCST and MOHE to implement internships geared towards job placement for university students.
  • Development of promotion strategies and dissemination of results; reinforcement of international collaboration networks: monitoring and evaluation of innovative techniques employed during the project