There is a significant imbalance between supply and demand in the labour market and a shortage of skilled manpower. The analysis of employment sectors and the structure of unemployment shows that the education system is not sufficiently linked to labour market needs and does not provide adequate skills. Thus, the current trend in Moldova shows that the number of University graduates is decreasing rapidly. During the past few years, growing parts of universities are not being used. There is a teacher shortage at all major technical faculties, and outdated teaching materials are being used.
Last year there were just 690 graduates of technical universities throughout Moldova.
By comparison, based on the population size and market requirements, there should be at least 4000 graduates in the ICT sector annually. When they begin their professional careers, recent graduates are often overwhelmed by the modern requirements of technical (IT) jobs. The content they were taught in the University is neither up-to-date, or deeply integrated and consolidated. In short, they are being very poorly prepared for success after graduation.
So, to solve the problem of a low number of specialists in Moldova, we should check and eliminate its reasons – out-dated content and teaching methods, inappropriate learning environment, etc. That’s why the main focus of our educational project is quality: once local students get an opportunity to study in a modern environment and to get relevant knowledge and skills, they will not need to go abroad anymore. It means that:
- Moldova will be able to train qualified specialists to cover the local labour market needs;
- the attractive learning environment will attract more students, thus increasing the number of enrolled young people and graduates;
- the Republic will get a chance to stop the brain drain process.