DOI: 10.14311/WFGV.2014.0005


E.V. Mikhalkina1*, V.V. Seregina2, E.A. Seregina1

1Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation

2Azovo-Chernomorsky Engineering Institute of Don State Agrarian University

 *Corresponding author.


Abstract: In the modern economy there is a sharp need for competitive specialists that conform to professional standards and fit mobility and flexibility of a labor market. A pressing problem is assessing the competitiveness level of future professionals for the purpose of its advancement when the higher education system is being transformed, achieving efficient performance of higher educational institutions and in a context of "business – education - labour market" relations. The paper analyses the structure of graduates’ competitiveness and its components. Assessment tools of graduates’ competitiveness level, including the indicative method (comparing the actual values with the threshold values), a comparative analysis of competitiveness factors, and an expert assessment method are applied. In order to develop competitiveness assessment methods, a model of competitiveness as a socio-economic phenomenon is presented, and the calculation formulas of competitiveness index are obtained by constructing a function that describes the graduates’ competitiveness level. Mathematical modeling allows calculating the competitiveness indexof young experts. The results of validating the assessment model of the competitiveness level of graduates in the Rostov region are presented

KEYWORDS: graduates, unemployment, competitiveness level, assessment tools, mathematical model, competitiveness indicator