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The Quality Of Graduates, Employers And Higher Education


  • Amalia N. DUȚU

    (Faculty of Economical Sciences, University of Pitesti, Romania)

  • Mihaela I. DIACONU

    (Faculty of Economical Sciences, University of Pitesti, Romania)


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.

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  • Amalia N. DUȚU & Mihaela I. DIACONU, 2013. "The Quality Of Graduates, Employers And Higher Education," SEA - Practical Application of Science, Romanian Foundation for Business Intelligence, Editorial Department, issue 2, pages 66-76, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:cmj:seapas:y:2013:i:2:dutu

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    1. Miguel St. Aubyn & álvaro Pina & Filomena Garcia & Joana Pais, 2009. "Study on the efficiency and effectiveness of public spending on tertiary education," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 390, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
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    3. Mihaela DIACONU & Amalia PANDELICÃ, 2011. "Marketing Approach in the Management of Higher Education Institutions," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, vol. 10(2), pages 98-107.
    4. Ciriaci, Daria & Muscio, Alessandro, 2010. "Does university choice drive graduates’ employability?," MPRA Paper 22527, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Competencies; Abilities; Higher education; Employers; Graduates;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions


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