that are aimed at increasing youth employability and economy competitiveness
put soft skills at the core of higher education reform. Soft skills represent a
dynamic combination of cognitive and meta-cognitive skills, interpersonal,
intellectual and practical skills. Soft skills help people to adapt and behave
positively so that they can deal effectively with the challenges of their professional
and everyday life.
Colleges of Merit offer specific learning plans about such skills through a
variety of non-formal activities (planned activities with defined objectives
and timing such as courses) and informal activities (learning experiences linked
to everyday life, often unintentional, facilitated by the collegiate
environment such as socializing, volunteering, cultural or sports activities).
2012, the European Union published the Recommendation on the validation of
non-formal and informal learning that invites European Union Member States to
give people the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned outside
formal education. At Italian level, the Legislative Decree N. 13 / 2013 is the
framework that defines the possibility of recognition of non-formal and
informal learning. The Law 240/2010 art. 5 and the Legislative Decree 68 / 2012
art. 15 define the educational goals and services, guidance services and integrative
training activities that University Colleges are required to provide for students
during their collegiate experience.
designed, therefore, a process to release to each resident student a “College diploma”
at the end of the collegiate experience, with an attached certificate of the
non-formal and informal activities as well as soft skills acquired in the University