Science for Education Today, 2019, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 169–184

The competence-based model of higher engineering education: Features of implementation in the modern labor market

Mikidenko N. L. 1 (Novosibirsk, Russian Federation), Storozheva S. P. 1 (Novosibirsk, Russian Federation), Kharlamov A. V. 2 (Novosibirsk, Russian Federation)
1 Siberian State University of Telecommunications and Informatics
2 Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Russian Federation

Introduction. The article examines engineering graduates’ knowledge, skills and personal qualities demanded by innovative branches of the economy. The purpose of the study is to identify the features of higher engineering education competence-based model within the modern labor market.
Materials and Methods. The study is based on the theory of competence-based approach in higher education. The competence-based approach is considered as a basis for the harmonization of educational and professional standards in the aspect of formed competencies. Competences are understood as fulfilling abilities to solve professional tasks effectively within a specific professional field. Students’ attitude to the issues of demand for competencies in the labor market and priorities in the competences formed during their studies at the university were identified on the basis of a survey conducted with undergraduate students of a regional branch university. When interpreting the results, methods of description, comparison, classification and semantic interpretation of data were used.
Results. A survey of undergraduate students studying telecommunications was conducted, students' self-assessment their professional competencies and readiness for professional practice were identified, students' opinions on the basic competencies of the engineer were revealed. Students' opinions were compared with the views of employers on the basis of national and regional studies. It is shown that identifying the opinions of undergraduate students allows us to review and adjust their educational strategies which promote employment and career improvements, form a loyal attitude to the need for lifelong education and increase qualifications and successful professional self-realization. Professional motivation, taking into account the competencies demanded by the labor market, and positive attitudes towards the chosen career make it possible to overcome unfavorable contexts of the labor market and create conditions for successful professional socialization with regard to the requirements of innovativeness and social responsibility.
Conclusions. The authors summarize the features of competence-based model of higher engineering education in the modern labor market.


Engineering education; Students; Competence-based approach; Professional competence; Competence of engineering education; Labor market; Employer; Communications and telecommunications industry.

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Mikidenko N. L., Storozheva S. P., Kharlamov A. V. The competence-based model of higher engineering education: Features of implementation in the modern labor market. Science for Education Today, 2019, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 169–184. DOI:
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Date of the publication 30.06.2019