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This paper is intended to analyse the acquisition of competencies and working abilities during university education. We analyse how the didactic framework fits the abilities that the labour market demands to the university students to get into it. In order to do so we have simultaneously surveyed the recently graduated students, as well as the teachers and the employers. By means of categorical principal components we analyse the present situation of young workers in terms of their competencies.

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By means of categorical principal components we analyse the present situation of young workers in terms of their competencies. We find significant differences between the perception on the acquired competences level and the required level to enter the labour market among the different groups analysed. We design different composite indicators which allow us to detect a greater degree of discrepancy between entrepreneurs regardless of the type of competence.

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This research makes use of recent multivariate techniques for the analysis of qualitative information coming from opinion polls: categorical principal component analysis. CATPCA is a highly ductile tool for analysing categorical data from Likert-type scales, and allows the information from surveys to be synthesised in an alternative way in order to shed light on the analysis carried out.

Oscar Claveria
AQR-IREA, Univeristy of Barcelona

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This page is a summary of: Posicionamiento multivariante de las expectativas de estudiantes graduados, profesores y empresario, January 2015, Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, DOI: 10.1344/ridu2016.8.9.
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