INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY OF A COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERDADE DO ALGARVE


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Margarida Viegas

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Adjunct Professor of Applied Quantitative Methods at the Universidade do Algarve’s School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism (ESGHT-UAlg, Portugal). She holds a degree in Engineering of Decision Systems from ISMA-COCITE and a post-graduate in Financial Management from UAlg and in Strategic Direction and e-Business from the Universidad de Huelva. She also has a master’s in Statistics and Information Management from ISEGI-Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a PhD in Management and Economics of Small and Medium Enterprises from the Universidad de Huelva, which distinguished her thesis with the Extraordinary PhD Award.

Rita Baleiro

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PhD and master’s in Anglo-Portuguese Studies by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL, Portugal). She is an Adjunct Professor at the Universidade do Algarve’s School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism. She is an integrated member of the Centre for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Arts at the Universidade de Lisboa, collaborator of the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies at UNL and member of the Research Group of Tourism, Space and Urbanities of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She is co-editor of the magazine Dos Algarves: A Multidisciplinar e-Journal since 2007.

 

Abstract


This study compiles data on the mobility of a group of Portuguese public higher education students. It aims to understand how these young people are seeing their professional future and the hypothesis of international labour and academic mobility in a period of economic and social crisis. Based on data from a survey applied to 425 students of the Universidade do Algarve in 2016, their predisposition for mobility is analysed according to their professional perspectives, demographic characteristics and language skills. The results show that most of the respondents (69.6%) consider the possibility of working abroad and that this intention is motivated by the disbelief of reaching, in Portugal, work that provides stability and security, good remuneration conditions and social prestige. The possibility of an international academic experience, considered by 60.7% of the students, is not associated with the benevolent self-assessment of language skills. However, in the case of labour mobility, it was seen that this predisposition is greater amongst those who express greater confidence in their English skills.



Keywords


International mobility; students; Universidade do Algarve; economic crisis; Portugal



How to cite this article


Viegas, Margarida; Baleiro, Rita (2019). "International mobility of a community of students from the Universidade do Algarve". JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations, Vol. 10, N.º 1, May-October 2019. Consulted [online] on the date of the last visit, https://doi.org/10.26619/1647-7251.10.1.9



Article received on January 16, 2018 and accepted for publication on February 22, 2019