Mentoring in Higher Education Institutions – Aspiration or Reality? Cover Image

Mentoring in Higher Education Institutions – Aspiration or Reality?

Author(s): Alexandra Patricia Braica
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Editura Universităţii Vasile Goldiş
Keywords: young academic teaching staff; mentoring; higher education institutions; academic career.

Summary/Abstract: A young academic teaching staff beginning his/her career in an higher education institution is required not only to prove his/her professional competence but also to understand and adjust to the environment of the institution, to its organizational culture, its politics and strategies. The process becomes easier if the person benefits from a mentoring program in which special attention is given to integrating within the culture of the education or research institution, in order to develop not only competences and specific professional abilities, but also a good mentor-student relationship, and a good working relationship with the rest of the teaching, research and administrative staff. The advantages and costs of such a program depend on the type of strategies chosen and the context in which they take place. Theoretically, they should be present in all higher education institutions. Practically, it is unfortunate that in many Romanian institutions, such a program is incomplete, sometimes even totally forgotten. The causes are easy to find: lack of time, lack of motivation, lack of interest for the academic career , routine, economic crisis, but solutions must be found to preserve the quality of teaching.

  • Issue Year: 19/2009
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 596-601
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian