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Competences of student graduating from economics department

We are implementing the competences framework at the New Economic University, where I am a new rector.

Competences of student graduating from economics department
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In my life I hired and fired tens of economists in various banks, government institutions, consulting firms and at the university. So I approached the task of defining competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes) of university graduating economist (bachelor) in the following way: what competences the economist should have so that I will decide to hire him/her as my team member. The results are below:


1. Can read and understand scientific papers in Kazakh/English or Russian/English (depending on chosen language of study) including scientific papers that apply formal (mathematical) economic models. Can apply formal economic models in real life problems, including problems in global, regional, national, government, firm and household dimensions. Understands the shortcomings of economic models and is able to select right model to solve given real life problem

2. Is able to use economic models and professional programs to analyze economic data on international, macro and micro scale. Can verify the quality of economic data, knows how to find reliable sources of quantitative economic data, works well with qualitative economic information, is able to use economic models to find regularities in economic data, is able to make professionals forecasts and understands the sources of forecast errors and implications of such errors.

3.  Is able to read economic and financial press and can explain the phenomena presented in such press using economic models.


1. Can write scientific papers that use economic models, can write essays in the field of economics that explain complex economic problems in simple, non-technical text that can be understood by readers that do not have formal economic training.

2. Can defend the results of his/her economic analysis before fellow economics (during seminars or conferences), can present results of his/her economic analysis to different types of audiences (e.g. business professionals, fellow economists, people from other fields) such that results of his research can be understood and appreciated.

3. Uses modern technologies to conduct professional economic analysis, such as professional analytical programs, Excel, and open source tools. Is able to quickly learn how to use new economic and analytical tools, understands and interprets the results of use of such tools.


1. Regularly reads professional economic literature to continuously upgrade his/her economic knowledge/skills. Understands the importance of regular upgrade of his/her economic knowledge/skills.

2. Naturally analyzes various situations, problems and issues using economic theory and economic analytical skills.

3. Understands the role of economist in various organizations, institutions and situations and never compromises the professional integrity of economist when conducting economic analysis.

I value these competences irrespectively of the field of specialization (macro, micro, labor economics, international economics, knowledge economics etc.).

Comments welcome. Do you agree? Will you define desired economist competences in a different way?


Krzysztof Rybiński

Economy of the XXI century -

Professor Krzysztof Rybinski holds MA in computer sciences, and Ph.D. in economics. He has an extensive professional background. He worked as software engineer in Tokyo, director of the Soros Foundation programs in CEE, a consultant to the World Bank. He was chief economist and managing director at commercial banks. In 2004, he was appointed the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Poland by the President of Poland and performed this function for four years until 2008. He was in charge of research, foreign exchange reserves management, payment systems, cash circulation management, monetary statistics and international relations. Under his supervision National Bank of Poland changed its investment strategy which resulted in additional one billion dollars profit for Poland. In 2004-2005, he was member of the EU Economic and Financial Committee, and in 2007-2008 a member of the Polish Financial Services Authority. In 2007-2008 he served as a World Bank alternate governor for Poland. He was also member of the supervisory boards of several financial sector companies (2008-2009) and Partner in Ernst & Young Poland (2008-2010). Since 2010, he has been Professor and President of Vistula University in Warsaw, which offers education to students from more than 30 countries. In 2012 he launched the investment fund called EUROGEDDON, its investment strategy assumes deepening financial crisis in the Eurozone. The fund launch was covered by Financial Times and CNN International.

Krzysztof Rybinski was economic advisor to several Polish governments. In the last few years he was a coauthor of country higher education strategy, e-government strategy and intellectual capital strategy.

Krzysztof Rybinski is author of numerous refereed papers in economics and (co) author of several books. In March 2012 ranking he was ranked the fourth best Polish economist by number of scientific citations. In October 2012 he received the business award of most respected Polish economist. He has also contributed hundreds of articles on economics and financial markets to Polish newspapers. He published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. He was the first senior central banker in the world to have started a popular and often quoted by media economic blog already in 2006.

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