Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Sixth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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How to support mobility students to gain soft-competences: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes
Eva M. de la Torre, Fernando Casani, Adriana Pérez Encinas, Jesús Rodríguez Pomeda

Last modified: 25-04-2020


Students participating in mobility experiences have a great learning opportunity, but in many cases they hardly realise about the soft-competences they developed during mobility. In this context, the supporting role of universities is key for students to make the most of their mobility and be able to communicate their learning outcomes. This study analyses the support services that students receive for the development and acknolwledgement of mobility soft comptencies (related with the three dimensiones: knowledge, skills and attitudes or KSAs) in order to define the university strategy in this field. Results show two types of support for outgoing and incoming students: (i) passive initiatives based on delivering relevant information for the mobility period to students; and (ii) active initiatives based on training activities and activities for student integration in the host university/city/culture. No support initiatives on mobility related KSAs for returned students or academic staff have been identified.

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