ISSN 2285-1364, ISSN CD-ROM 2285-5521, ISSN ONLINE 2285-1372, ISSN-L 2285-1364


Published in Scientific Bulletin. Series F. Biotechnologies, Vol. XVII
Written by Florentina MATEI, Mioara VARGA, Silvana DANAILA-GUIDEA, Mariana IORDACHE, Stefana JURCOANE, Camelia DINGUTA

The biotech high-education in Romanian has started relative recently, the first accredited college being registered in 1996 in Bucharest, in the University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Since then, more than 1000 license students have graduated in different specializations as Agricultural Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology and Veterinary Biotechnology. Recently, during the implementation of a structural funds project for human resources (POSDRU/109/2.1/G/81570) has been conducted a survey on how the biotech graduates have been placed on the labour market. The statistics shows that less than 27% from the graduates have found jobs in biotech fields, such as scientific research and education, food and beverages production, environmental protection, including biofuel production, pharmaceutical products, instrumentation and suppliers. In this regard, educators, professionals and counsellors, on regional level, have started to take important measures to develop and implement activities to increase the absorption level of the biotech graduates. Aside the curricula improvement, an important step it has been the counselling of 100 students, between 20 and 30 years old about self-knowledge, neuro-linguistic programming, CV content, letter of intention writing, as well as about behaviour during an interview. Also, it has been underlined the importance of the continuous learning. More than 93% from the counselled students has found it very useful. Further, a network of 12 economical biotech operators have been developed and 38% of the counselled students have been involved in internships in fields as agriculture and food production, pharmaceutical industry, food safety and consumer protection, hygiene products design and biotech research. As preliminary result, all the graduated counselled students have decided to continue their studies in master courses, and 27% has already been employed in biotech field. The program will continue in the next years, with the aim to increase the employability for the biotech graduates.

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