A cross country study on university graduates key competencies. An employer’s perspective

Chiru, Codrin and Ciuchete, Georgiana and Lefter (Sztruten), Gina Gilet and Sandor, Elena (2012) A cross country study on university graduates key competencies. An employer’s perspective. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 46 . 4258 -4262. ISSN 1877-0428

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.237

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Abstract

Job markets are calling out for change. Realizing the gap between the levels of university-acquired and job-required
competencies and following consultations with representatives of employers from various industries and students, universities across the world have been working on development of innovative education systems based on skills and competencies. Although not yet fully aligned, heterogeneous, multicultural and multi ethnic, the European Union education system is facing with continuous challenges. This paper aims at undertaking a comparative analysis of the degree in which higher education institutions from the United Kingdom and Romania (mainly universities and academies) are meeting the expectations of employers, with a special focus on knowledge, skills and competencies of young university graduates employed in two highly dynamic industries that are mixing technical and social areas of knowledge and skills: agro-food and tourism. The research was based on a structured interview survey with managers from agro-food and tourism companies that have young graduates in their staff. The main conclusions are that universities/academies need to improve their existing curriculum through enhancing competencies related to communication, team working, technical expertise, customer satisfaction, multi-criteria decision making, language and multicultural working environments.

Additional Information:This article belongs to a special issue 4th WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES (WCES-2012) 02-05 February 2012 Barcelona, Spain Edited By Prof.Dr.Gülsün A. Baskan, Assist.Prof.Dr.Fezile Ozdamli and Sezer Kanbul; Deniz Özcan
Keywords:Competency based education, business competitiveness, employees’ competencies and skills, agri-food, tourism, risk management
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:13695
Deposited On:01 Apr 2014 13:42

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