The Macedonian labour market and the role of university business incubators

Nikoloski, Dimitar (2011) The Macedonian labour market and the role of university business incubators. In: 4thInternational conference for entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development (ICEIRD), May 5-7, 2011, Ohrid.

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The aim of this paper is to assess the perspectives of the Macedonian labour market with respect to the dynamic changes in the higher education system and, particularly the role of the university business incubators. During the two decades long period of transition Macedonian labour market has been characterised with depressed conditions manifested by high and persistent unemployment rate, strong labour market segmentation and prevalence of long-term unemployment. In such circumstances, the higher education system in Macedonia has been challenged to change its role in the society. During the period of transition we have witnessed a dramatic evolution of the Macedonian higher education system that has been characterised with proliferation of university centres, growing number of study programmes and development of new concepts such as introduction of dispersed studies, clinical education, compulsory internship etc. In this context, the role of the universities as generators of knowledge and promoters of entrepreneurial spirit has been repeatedly emphasised by both academics and policy makers. Although the idea for university business incubators in developed western economies is not new one, Macedonian higher education system is lacking sufficient experience about their role and socio-economic implications. In order to fill this gap, the focus of the applicative part in this paper will be development of a model for appropriate university business incubator. Hence, we would like to explore the feasibility of this model for developing entrepreneurial skills among students and to evaluate its potential impact on the Macedonian labour market. As a consequence, we will formulate suitable policy recommendations as guiding principles for policy makers in designing more competitive higher education system that would respond to the needs of the Macedonian labour market.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Divisions: Faculty of Economics
Depositing User: Mr Dimitar Risteski
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 11:19
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 11:19

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