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Building bridges between higher education and the business environment for regional development in the South-East Europe


  • Mircea Untaru

    () (Department of Economics, “Ioan Slavici” University of Timisoara, Romania)


Even if the tertiary education system is being improved, the employment rate of the freshly graduates is still not balanced with the labour market. The general objective of the present study is to integrate this matter as an influence factor of regional development in South-East Europe. The methodology regards three specific objectives, pursuing the establishment of key points in improving the sustainable connection between higher education and the business environment. First, a literature review is made for the debate basis. Second, an analysis for creating such bridges is pursued empirically through a case study at West development region level, in Romania. Third, the case study is exemplified by an analysis of educational institutional development through European projects. The results target the development of a methodology for creating bridges between the two environments.

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  • Mircea Untaru, 2012. "Building bridges between higher education and the business environment for regional development in the South-East Europe," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 15(44), pages 183-198, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rej:journl:v:15:y:2012:i:44:p:183-198

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    European projects; regional economic analysis; interdisciplinary tertiary institutions; qualitative human resource formation; empirical analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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