Matching Higher Education Programs with Socio-Economic Needs of the Country: Educational Issues

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The growth in the number of unemployed higher education graduates brings up discussions on the necessity of programs and curriculum evaluation. Although this problem goes back to structural and economic factors, research indicates that the major part of the nonequilibrium relates to nonflexible educational programs, and
nonflexible labor market and industrial relations in socio-economic sectors and unspecified skill needs. Statistical facts show that the more sever unemployment comes along with lower knowledge intensive jobs. Apart from different aspects of higher education graduates’ labor market, investigating some procedures for matching educational programs with expert-needs have not fulfilled the requirements and must be inspected from the executive perspective. These expert-needs include development of technical courses, entrepreneurship, and autonomous curriculum planning. Based on research in some documents, there are some propositions for improving the matching between labor market needs and higher education programs.