Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya

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AQU Catalunya and the Catalan universities have jointly carried out a survey every three years since 2001 (2005, 2008 and 2011) on graduate labour market outcomes to establish, amongst other things, the time taken, the quality and ways that graduates acquire entry to the labour market, and also to establish their degree of satisfaction with their undergraduate studies. The aims of this project are to compare and integrate the information so that reliable conclusions concerning graduate labour market outcomes within the context of Catalonia can be drawn and to provide necessary data for the analysis of trends during the period covered by the project.  

With more than 55,000 entries, Catalunya has one of the most complete and extensive databases in Europe on the entry into the labour market of the graduate population, and there is already a considerable body of work that has been produced from studies that have used these data and figures.

The fourth AQU study of the labour market outcomes of graduates from Catalan universities was carried out during 2011. All of the Catalan universities participated in the study, so it has been the most extensive analysis of this type ever carried out in the European Union. A population of 28,616 graduates in 2007 was analysed, using a sample of 16,182 people.

AQU also carrying out the second study on the employment outcomes of students who graduated in 2006-2007 and those awarded a PhD in 2006 and 2007, as well as a new study relating to gender on graduates from ten years ago to establish any possible gender-based differences.

The fourth study on graduate labour market outcomes was based on three surveys:

  • Graduates 2006-2007. This will analyse the quality of the labour market outcomes of those students who graduated in the 2006-2007 academic year, and their impressions, three years afterwards, of their studies.
  • PhDs 2006 and 2007. This will analyse the quality of the labour market outcomes of doctorate degree holders who read their thesis the years 2006 and 2007, and their impressions, three years afterwards, of their studies.
  • Gender monitoring 2001. This will analyse whether there are any gender-based differences or inequalities among graduates in the process of obtaining employment ten years after completing their studies.

PDF PDF Graduates survey

PDF PDF PhD survey