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During the first part of the project implementation primary data about Erasmus Mundus alumni and employers were collected. The total number of EM alumni respondents to the online survey was 310; after excluding those whose field of study was not related to agricultural or life sciences or whose length of study on EM programmes was shorter than 3 months the final totally reached 226. The number of respondents per each country was as follows: Cambodia – 52 respondents, China – 55 respondents, Indonesia – 38 respondents, Mongolia – 16 respondents, Thailand - 31, and Vietnam – 34 respondents. The results include general demographic information about the alumni, their study background, professional experience and skills gained throughout the programme. The current employment situation of EM alumni in the field of agriculture and related life sciences is also described. All the data gained will be presented in the final study provided to EACEA in September 2015 during the project final conference.

During the period from July till October 2014 interviews with current employers of EM alumni in six selected countries were organized and primary data on the skills and competences liked by the employers were collected.

Following the online survey with alumni and interviews with employers, six national workshops were organised in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam to discuss face to face comparative skills and competences with selected representatives of alumni and employers.

The national workshop in Thailand was held on 22nd August 2014 at the Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand. In total 35 representatives of alumni, employers, consultants, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS, Czech Republic = CR), Agreenium (France) and the Prince of Songkla University (PSU, Thailand) universities participated in the workshop. The main outputs of the online survey with alumni and the interviews with the employers were discussed. Details of the results will be provided in the final project report.

The national workshop in Mongolia was organized on 10th October 2015 at the Mongolian University of Life Sciences (MULS), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. At the workshop 27 representatives of alumni, employers, consultants, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU, Austria), the CULS (CR) and MULS (Mongolia) universities participated in total.

The national workshop in China was organized on 11th October 2014 at the Nanjing Agricultural University, China. After surveying both Chinese alumni of EU Erasmus Mundus programmes and their Chinese employers, in total 17 representatives of EM alumni, their employers, Ghent University (Belgium), the CULS (CR) and the Nanjing Agricultural University (China) participated in workshop to discuss the outcomes and draw conclusions so as to further improve and increase EU-China student and staff mobility.

The national workshop in Indonesia was organized on 30th October 2014 at the University of Tadulako (UNTAD), IT CENTRE, in the framework of Agriculture Career Fair Day at UNTAD. Around 150 bachelor students, staff from UNTAD (Indonesia), representatives of Indonesian companies interested in recruitment of the students and grantees, consultants, CULS (CR) and Agreenium (France) representatives participated in the workshop.

The national workshop in Vietnam was organized on 12th November 2014 by the Hue University in Vietnam. In total 19 representatives of alumni, employers, Ghent University (Belgium), the CULS (CR) and Hue University (Vietnam) participated in the workshop and discussed the results of the survey with alumni and employers.

The national workshop in Cambodia was organized on 14th November 2014 at the Apsara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia together with a “Workshop on Academic Recognition and Credit Transfer” organized by Erasmus Mundus Action 2 coordinators.
In total 21 representatives of EM alumni, employers, BOKU (Austria), Ghent University (Belgium), the CULS (CR) and the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA, Cambodia) participated in the workshop and discussed the results of the survey with alumni and employers. Based on the results of the online survey with EM alumni, interviews with employers and focus group discussions organized during the six national workshops, country reports were prepared.

The Regional workshop on the “Employability of Erasmus Mundus graduates” was organized from 2nd till 4th February 2015 by the Prince of Songkla University, in Phuket, Thailand. The main objectives of the regional workshop were (i) to discuss the draft country reports which included the results of the survey of alumni and employers, along with the focus group discussions conducted at the national workshops; (ii) to prepare conclusions and recommendations for the joint report; and (iii) to allocate tasks and times for the final version of the join study to be prepared. All project partners’ representatives (25 persons in total, including selected consultants) participated in this workshop and experiences from the six national workshops were shared and discussed.

The conclusions of the six national workshops and of the six country studies were presented during the project's final workshop. The workshop was hosted on 21st and 22nd September 2015 at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, the Czech Republic. The main objectives of the workshop were:

(i) to share the outputs, lessons learnt and recommendations of the research done among Erasmus Mundus Alumni and their employers in the six selected countries in Asia;
(ii) to discuss the results and feedback from the EACEA, NAEP, EU and Asian universities;
(iii) to prepare an official letter with recommendations for the EACEA;
(iv) to plan future activities and potential projects for all stakeholders.

The participants of the workshop were:

• EACEA representative
• EU and Asian universities representatives
• Coordinators of Erasmus Mundus Action 1, 2 and 3 projects
• Representatives of Alumni
• National Agency for European Educational Programmes (NAEP)

Files to be downloaded:

1. ASK Asia joint study
2. ASK Asia country study Cambodia
3. ASK Asia country study China
4. ASK Asia country study Indonesia
5. ASK Asia country study Mongolia
6. ASK Asia country study Thailand
7. ASK Asia country study Vietnam
8. ASK Asia summary outputs leaflet

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