Strengthening Students` Transversal Competences trough Curriculum – A Matter of Network and Shared Responsibility

Carmen-Mihaela Creţu, Daniela-Tatiana Agheorghiesei (Corodeanu)

The success of higher education institutions is also measured by the number of trained graduates who enter the labor market in firms recognized for assessing and promoting a high performance. Our article brings to attention several research results obtained by evidence based studies conducted by “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi (Romania) on the subject of competences training and collaboration with the labor market.
Our research aims to identify the training needs of students in terms of transversal skills and methods needed for this, according to students and training tutors of students in internships. Also, our research explores the students and tutors’ opinion on the need of a formal network with different actors with shared responsibilities in terms of transversal competences training.
The methods of data collection were based on questionnaires survey and in-depth interviews. The data were processed using the statistical software Sphinx Plus2.
Based on the research results we propose a model of transversal competences training approach. It assumes that there is a need for an expanded network with more actors that must take efforts and shared responsibilities. This model could be useful for redesigning the curriculum in universities.

transversal competences, employability competences, re-designing curriculum, university-companies network, Romanian students

CARMEN-MIHAELA CREŢU – Professor, PhD, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania; e-mail:
DANIELA-TATIANA AGHEORGHIESEI (CORODEANU) – Assoc. Professor, PhD, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania; e-mail: