Does the Higher Education Promote Students’ Entrepreneurial Potential in the South-Eastern European Countries?

Nikoloski, Dimitar and Angeleski, Marjan and Rocheska, Slavica and Mancheski, Gjorgji (2014) Does the Higher Education Promote Students’ Entrepreneurial Potential in the South-Eastern European Countries? Annals of the „Constantin Brâncuşi” University of Târgu Jiu, Economy Series (2). pp. 6-12. ISSN 2344-3685

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Nowadays, there is a widespread recognition that business start-ups are a driving force of economic growth and
significant job creation. Given the segmented characteristics of the labour markets, youth population is among those
segments that are disproportionally affected by high and sustained unemployment. The situation with youth
unemployment is particularly unfavourable in developing countries such as South-Eastern European countries
where almost half of the active young population is jobless. Even though the governments in these countries have
repeatedly undertaken measures for improving the position of youth on the labour markets, it seems that these
endeavours have not reached the planned goals. From this perspective, it is important to analyse the potential
contribution of education, and particularly the higher education to the development of entrepreneurship. The aim of
this paper is to assess the role of the higher education in South-Eastern European countries in fostering the
students’ entrepreneurial potential. For this purpose we have carried out a survey on representative samples of
students in two universities: “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Macedonia) and “Aleksander Xhuvani” (Albania). We found
that considerable number of surveyed students have ideas for starting own businesses, but only a small portion of
them attempted to develop their business ideas in practice. As a consequence, we can conclude that there exists a wide room for further policy recommendations that will shape directions for future reforms in the SEECs higher education systems and will improve the students’ entrepreneurial potential.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Divisions: Faculty of Economics
Depositing User: Mr Dimitar Risteski
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 06:27
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 06:27

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