Soft skills certification

Global policies 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.

University 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).

In December 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.

CCUM has 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 College.


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