About APM

University Graduates and Labor Market (APM)


University Graduates and Labor Market (APM) was the first national project that tracked the relationship between university studies and the careers of young people, its main role being that of increasing the institutional capacity of the universities for developing monitoring studies constantly. The project achieved this by providing higher education institutions with monitoring instruments that allow the correlation of the study offers and the employers' requirements and create the premises of a long term approach, in which this type of research will be done at national level annually.


The APM study
The study consisted in two phases, in which the research was conducted with the help of a questionnaire that tracked the graduate's educational and professional background (university studies, the moment of getting a first job, professional evolution). The questionnaire was available on-line and on paper. The latter was sent, on request, to those who didn't have access to the Internet.


The first phase
- addressed graduates that finished their studies in 2005 and 2009
- 55 public and private universities participated
- during four contact stages, from November 2010 to March 2011, each university invited its graduates to fill in the questionnaire
- one invitation and three reminders were sent by mail and e-mail
- the filling in of the questionnaire ended on 31st March 2011, with 39 293 respondents.


The second phase
- addressed graduates that finished their studies in 2006 and 2010
- 42 public and private universities participated, using the updated questionnaire
- it had five contact stage, unfolded between 2 April 2012 - 30 April 2012
- one invitation and four reminders were sent by e-mail and only optionally by mail
- new contact methods were used: short message invitations sent to graduates with a valid mobile number, online self-registration form available on the project’s website
- the contact process was implemented with the help of an online platform, developed by UEFISCDI, which facilitated the automatic sending of emails and responses’ centralization
- the filling in of the questionnaire ended on June 2012, with 9294 respondents.




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