Factors of Pursuing Higher Education in the Hungarian-Romanian Cross-Border Region


Krisztina Bernath


One of the main challenges and tasks for young people is that they have to reflect and define their most important goals, hopes and expectations regarding their future. These decisions include pursuing higher education. In this paper, the decision to continue studies was analyzed as a landmark in the quest for status and as a consequence of the expansion of higher education, highlighting the influence of different variables such as the type and personal motivations, value systems and dimensions of attitudes towards learning, in addition to the social context of the individual. The decision to continue education is inextricably linked to young people’s desire to build a career, to the future direction of social mobility. Becoming an intellectual is one possible solution to obtain a social status and upward social mobility, graduating from a higher graduation institution is often considered as a guarantee for a successful future. The aim of this paper is to analyze the motives behind the decision to pursue higher education, in correlation with the individual and social motivational context. The source of the data used in the research is the result of the crossstudy carried out wihtin the HERD project in 2012; a sub-sample of undergraduate students from five higher education institutions from the Romania-Hungary cross-border area was selected (N = 2,120).


Author Biography

Krisztina Bernath, Partium Christian University

Address: 36 Primăriei Street, 410209, Oradea, Bihor County, Romania.

Email: krisztinabernath@gmail.com

How to Cite
Bernath, K. (2015). Factors of Pursuing Higher Education in the Hungarian-Romanian Cross-Border Region. Sociologie Românească, 13(2), 67-87. Retrieved from http://revistasociologieromaneasca.ro/sr/article/view/2015_2_bernath