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Competence Development and Employability Expectations: A Gender Perspective of Mobility Programmes in Higher Education

Francisca Rosa Álamo-Vera (), Lidia Hernández-López (), José Luis Ballesteros-Rodríguez () and Petra De Saá-Pérez ()
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Francisca Rosa Álamo-Vera: Department of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Economía, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Empresa y Turismo, E-35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
Lidia Hernández-López: Department of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Economía, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Empresa y Turismo, E-35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
José Luis Ballesteros-Rodríguez: Department of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Economía, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Empresa y Turismo, E-35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
Petra De Saá-Pérez: Department of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Economía, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Empresa y Turismo, E-35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain

Administrative Sciences, 2020, vol. 10, issue 3, 1-15

Abstract: This paper analyses the role of study-abroad programmes in higher education by examining how students’ participation can foster competence development and employability expectations. Our research focuses on the acquisition of competences through the international mobility programme Erasmus+ of 191 students of an undergraduate programme in tourism, considering the different perceptions of male and female students. Our results confirm that five out of the six competences which students develop through Erasmus+ mobility have a positive and significant influence on their employability expectations. Our findings also confirm that male and female students have different perceptions concerning the influence on their employability expectations of those competences acquired during their experience studying abroad.

Keywords: employability competences; Erasmus+; gender; higher education; mobility programmes; tourism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M M0 M1 M10 M11 M12 M14 M15 M16 L (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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