How to Navigate Through Unfamiliar Contexts

25 August 2021

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

From 5 October to 29 October 2021

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

Contact week
From 25 to 29 October at HAMK (Hämeenlinna, Finland)

Mode of delivery

Language of instruction

ECTS credits
3 ECTS credits

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

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 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 well-being 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.

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


HAMK, Finland
IPLeiria, Portugal
NHL Stenden, The Netherlands
FHV, Austria
LIT, Ireland

If you have any further questions, please send an email to (Liisa Postareff).


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