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EnquestesStudies of graduate placement have periodically been carried out in Catalan universities for more than twenty years and have served as the basis for understanding the process of transition for graduates between the university and the labour market and, in certain cases, the degree of graduate satisfaction regarding the training received at university. They have also proved to be of use for decision-making in university planning. Both the format and content of these studies were, however, specific and corresponded to the objectives and priorities of each individual university.

In 2000, AQU Catalunya and the seven public Catalan universities (Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat de Girona, Universitat de Lleida and Universitat Rovira i Virgili) agreed to an ambitious project to carry out a transversal assessment of university graduate placement in the labour market. This pioneer project, which for the first time included all of the universities, involved harmonisation of the methodology used to compare and integrate the information and extract reliable conclusions in reference to the situation in Catalonia. The project involved three main processes:

  1. The establishing of a frame of reference for the evaluation of the state of graduate placement according to the different forms of university education in Catalonia, Spain and Europe.
  2. Preparation of a methodology to assess the process of university graduate placement in the labour market.
  3. A survey on graduate placement and the collection of information.

One overarching aspect of the project was an evaluation of the labour market outcomes of graduates, which had a two-fold objective, the drawing up of plans to enhance the process itself in the universities and its usefulness in decision-making for each degree course, according to the survey results.

Given the importance of the survey as an instrument, periodic repetition and gathering of information were estimated to be a positive way of establishing records that would show the ongoing development of graduate placement and allow for the analysis of trends.

  2001 2005 2008 2011
Universitat de Barcelona
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Universitat de Girona
Universitat de Lleida
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya    
Universitat de Vic    
Universitat Ramon Llull      
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya      
Universitat Abat Oliba CEU      
Affiliated institutions (22)      

Technical features
Year of the survey 2001 2005 2008  
      Graduates Doctors Follow-up  Humanities
Population 21.178 21.767 23.023 1.661 1.131
Sample 9.765 11.456 12.258 934 613
% sample/population 46% 53% 53% 56% 54%