ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE QUALITY OF THE AGRICULTURAL HIGHER EDUCATION – CURRENT STATE AND DIRECTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Abstract. The main objectives of the research were to assess the stakeholder engagement in ensuring the quality of agricultural higher education in the Republic of Moldova, to identify related problems and, on this basis, to propose directions to address them. In order to achieve these objectives, the following research tools were used: the synthesis of conceptual approaches to stakeholder engagement in educational activities; the thematic structured interview; generalization; deduction; formulation of reasoning and conclusions. The investigation resulted in identifying and specifying deficiencies in cooperation with stakeholders in agricultural higher education in the Republic of Moldova and making proposals of directions to increase its effectiveness. The research was carried out within the project “Predictive approaches to increasing the quality of skills in agricultural higher education based on the partnership with the business environment”, No. 20.80009.0807.41, contracting authority - National Agency for Research and Development.
Key words: Agricultural higher education; Authentic engagement; Stakeholder engagement; Republic of Moldova
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