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The Quality of Graduates. Employers and Higher Education
The Quality of Graduates. Employers and Higher Education

Author(s): Amalia N. Duţu, Mihaela I. Diaconu
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Fundatia Română pentru Inteligenta Afacerii
Keywords: Competencies; Abilities; Higher education; Employers; Graduates

Summary/Abstract: Education and research are important pillars of society based on knowledge, aiming the ensurance of personal development of every citizen, the prosperity of society and sustainable development. A priority in its framework should be the education for labour market under the conditions of ensuring equal opportunities. The finality of education for the labour market should be the preparation for the permanent participation in the national and European labour market, the education being a preventing poverty factor. The purpose of this paper is to determine the differences between "ideal quality" of the higher education system from the point of view of the main stakeholders, namely direct clients (graduates) and the actual quality appreciated by them based on their experience with the labour market. The research results highlight the existence of some gaps between the skills and abilities effectively developed and those that should be developed in accordance with the requirements of employers, in graduates’ opinion, formed on the basis of experience gained as employees or job applicants in the first year after graduation. Acknowledgements The pilot study presented in this paper was done in the context of the implementation of the European project financed by EU, titled: Increasing competitiveness of future economists in order to facilitate the transition from school to working life. We would like to thank to the graduates that understand the importance to this project and for their implication in data collection

  • Issue Year: I/2013
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 66-76
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English