Student practice in Montenegro – between aspirations and reality

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Author: Damir Nikočević

Publishing year: 2017.

Youth unemployment is one of the greatest problems which countries of region and Europe are facing. There are numerous reasons for such state. Incompatibility of educational system with needs of labour market results in saturation of certain professions, while highly specialised areas remain in deficit, are only some of those reasons. Global economic crisis, as well as the absence of adequate state intervention do not contribute to resolving the identified challenges.

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has been indicating for years the negative effects caused by absence of practical work in teaching, especially on the Faculty of Political Sciences of University of Montenegro. Strategy of development of higher education in Montenegro (2016 - 2020) notes that “employers also note that higher education institutions do not provide a sufficient amount of practical knowledge and skills that are relevant for job performance. They confirmed that students who already have working experience, or who have finished their studies abroad, fit easier in companies and master working tasks earlier. Employers believe that formal education primarily provides theoretical knowledge which is necessary for performing future job, accompanied with knowledge of English language and computer work. Practical knowledge, as well as the so called soft skills, such as skills of communication, problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolving skills, teamwork and self-confidence, students do not sufficiently develop during their studies, hence a special focus should be given to them in upcoming period.

This project is funded by the European Union.