Stage 01.
Guideline for integrating soft skills in HEls curricula

The stage 1 aims to carry out a preliminary research about the definition, relevance and gaps regarding soft skills in the context of higher education and employment, the objective being to establish a common set of soft skills that will later serve as a basis for the development of the assessment procedure in the stage 2.

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Stage 02.
Assessment of soft skills in HEls curricula

The Stage 2 aims at coming up with a comprehensive guidelines for the assessment of the weights of the soft skills validated in the stage 1. This will be done by exploring the best way of measuring the soft skill content of universities curricula and identifying those criteria and indicators that better capture the soft skill dimension within HEIs.

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The project will support universities in their efforts to improve the quality of education by adapting curricula to the soft-skill demands of the labour market and, as a result, leverage HEIs’ impact on the employability situation of future graduates. In other words, the project will strengthen HEI`s capacity to assess whether and to what extent their programs match the soft-skills that are particularly valued in the labour market.

The project’s overall objectives and expected results are:

      • Help universities to be more successful in providing graduates with the appropriate soft skills
      • Support the designing and updating of curricula to improve employability and acquisition of relevant skills
      • Embed soft skills instruction and assessment across the curriculum of universities
      • Establish alignment protocols and tools for linking assessments to standards and curricula
      • Gain a more detailed understanding of soft skills and their impact on employment
      • Improve skills matching to support competitiveness and innovation at local, regional and national level, and to resolve skills shortages
      • Raise awareness about the importance of soft skills in the modern workplace
      • Integration of skills needs of the labour market into higher education.
      • Facilitate the transition of graduates to the labour market