Dinka Dedukić – Independent researcher, Zagreb, Croatia 



Keywords:                             21st century competencies;
21st century skills;
Higher education;
Labour market

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.2022.191

Abstract: Social and economic developments of the 21st century require education systems that enable young people to acquire knowledge, skills, and competencies which, upon completion of their studies, would work in their favour and allow them to actively participate in the globalised and competitive labour market. Although the low employment rate is often caused by economic factors, one should also account for the interperson­al factors that may help individuals increase their chances of finding a job. Job seekers nowadays need to possess competencies known as 21st-cen­tury skills. This study included an assessment of the 21st-century skills ac­quired during academic studies. Creativity, innovation, communication in foreign languages, and practical application of knowledge were found to be the most poorly developed competencies, whereas the ability to work in a team, learn, and manage information were among the best-developed competencies.

8th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2022 – Conference Proceedings: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Online-Virtual (Prague, Czech Republic), May 26, 2022

ERAZ Conference Proceedings published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Economics and Business, Mediterranean University, Montenegro; University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Commercial and Business Studies – Celje, Slovenia; AMBIS University, Prague – Czech Republic; Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ Conference 2022 Conference Proceedings: ISBN 978-86-80194-60-8, ISSN 2683-5568, DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.2022

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Sugested citation

Dedukić, D. (2022). Development of 21st Century Skills in Croatia’s Higher Education System. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), ERAZ Conference – Knowlegde Based Sustainable Development: Vol 8. Conference Proceedings (pp. 191-201). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans. https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.2022.191


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