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Title: Graduates and Competences: Analyzing the Gap Between University and Enterprise
Other Titles: Graduats i competències: analitzant la bretxa entre universitat i empresa
Graduados y competencias: analizando la brecha entre universidad y empresa
Author: Riera Prunera, Carme  
Alcañiz, Manuela
Chuliá, Helena  
Pujol-Jover, Maria  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Universitat de Barcelona
Keywords: competencies
labor market
gender biases
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2022
Publisher: Revista d'Innovació Docent Universitària
Citation: Riera Prunera, M.C., Alcañiz, M., Chuliá Soler, H. & Pujol Jover, M. (2022). Graduates and competences: analyzing the gap between university and enterprise. Revista d'Innovació Docent Universitària, 14, 1-12. doi: 10.1344/RIDU2022.14.1
Published in: Revista d'Innovació Docent Universitària, 2022, 1(12)
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/UB/REDICE20-2600
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Abstract: As a result of the process of convergence relative to higher education initiated in Bologna in 1999, the role of the University in the society is undergoing a profound transformation. The traditional paradigm, according to which the University is the point of departure for constructing knowledge at the highest level, is now under consideration in order to accommodate more vocational training studies, which include the acquisition of competencies as a central pillar. Nevertheless, two of the main actors that play a role in the process, academics and entrepreneurs, have different points of view with respect to the skills a graduate entering the labor market should have. Based on the results from a survey conducted at the University of Barcelona, we will show how firms turn in favor of competencies related to medium-short term productivity, whereas the university balks at setting aside knowledge with more scientific nature. This scenario reinforces the need of a deeper dialogue between University and firms, pointing out the benefits that some adjustments in college training may end up providing the society.
Language: English
ISSN: 2014-1319MIAR
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