SAP ‘How to Navigate Through Unfamiliar Contexts’

To face the challenges demanded by a changing and uncertain world, you’ll need a variety of future skills to navigate through unfamiliar contexts. What skills will employers of the future be looking for?

‘How to Navigate Through Unfamiliar Contexts’ is a RUN-EU Short Advanced Programme (SAP) jointly coordinated by Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Polytechnic of Leiria (IPL), NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden), Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).

To face the challenges demanded by a changing and uncertain world, you’ll need many more skills than those you get from your degree. These kinds of skills are called generic competencies or future skills. They include, for example, collaborating with others, problem-solving, flexibility, and taking responsibility. Plus, balancing contradictory demands require empathy, compassion and respect towards yourself and others.

Understanding how to learn in a self-directed manner and reflecting on your development are two essential skills that will play an increasingly important role in the future of work. Developing future skills will raise your employability prospects, and most importantly, they will enhance your – and your peers’ – well-being.

This SAP aims to make students aware of the importance of future skills and encourage them to set goals for developing them.

Proposed learning outcomes

At the end of this Short Advanced Programme, you will:

  • be familiar with various definitions of future skills
  • utilise this information to develop proactive strategies that can be used in navigating in unfamiliar contexts
  • able to think about the requirements for successful working in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments
  • unravel your own conceptions of learning practices, and recognise learning as an important future skill
  • recognise how future and study skills are related to your wellbeing and propose solutions for enhancing wellbeing
  • and evaluate the development of your future and study skills on the basis of given feedback and self-assessment.

Date: from 5 October to 29 October 2021

Online sessions and remote teamwork: 5, 7, 12, 14 and 19 October (14h00 – 16h00 CET)

Contact week: 25 to 29 October at Häme University of Applied Sciences (Hämeenlinna, Finland)

Mode of delivery: blended

Language of instruction: English

ECTS credits: 3

Academic recognition: to be defined by each higher education institution. Generally, most students will have this RUN-EU SAP certified in their diploma supplement, as a minimal condition

Eligible participants: all RUN-EU degree students

How to apply: fill in the application form

Deadline for applications: 17 September 2021

Selection criteria: order of submission, motivation, wide representation of subject fields of study and balanced participation of RUN-EU member institutions (a maximum of 5 students per RUN-EU member)

Total number of students to be selected: 35

Coordination

HAMK, Finland

IPL, Portugal

NHL Stenden, The Netherlands

FHV, Austria

LIT, Ireland

If you have any further questions, please send an email to liisa.postareff@hamk.fi (Liisa Postareff).

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