Erasmus+ DASCHE project – Development, assessment and validation of social competences in higher education – is implemented in 2017-2020 by Consortium led by SGH Warsaw School of Economic (Poland) in partnership with the Universitaet Bremen (Germany), Akademiskas Informacijas Centrs (Latvia), Centrum Pro Studium Vysokeho Skolstvi, V.V.I. (Czech Republic), University Of Durham (United Kingdom), Universiteit Twente (Netherlands), with the support of some stakeholders as associated partners. Eurodoc is one of the DASCHE associated partner.
The project is aimed at supporting policy learning between countries and higher education institutions in curricula development, assessment and validation of social competences of students. The project idea is that social competences should be an integral part of the curricula and teaching/learning process, as it is the mission of higher education to prepare young people for future life as active citizens in a democratic society. The project leaders consider, that for the European Union teaching/learning social competences is very important also from the point of view of development the European identity in young Europeans. Social competences is one of the most important skills of the HE graduates also according to the EQF pillar “competences: autonomy and responsibility”. The project outcomes will provide European countries the assistance in designing, delivering and validating social competences of students.
The country reports from Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, UK were prepared according to the DASCHE methodology and published. The focus group with associated partners in Poland was organised to discuss outcomes and executive summary of the country report from Poland and make recommendations for the universities, ministries in terms of teaching social competences, which can be, used also for the general project report.
Eurodoc supports training social competences for doctoral candidates that are totally relevant also for early-career researchers as crosscutting skills. In the Eurodoc report on transferrable skills for early-career researchers, social competences can be found in many groups of skills and competences, e.g. in the group of interpersonal skills, communication, cognitive, mobility, research, career development. Universities and research institutions should encourage and promote acquisition of social competences in all forms by students, by doctoral candidates as well as by the junior and senior academic staff.
More information on the project - http://dasche.eu