Transferable skills

Acquiring transferable skills provides students with the basic knowledge, abilities and qualities required to translate competences into suitable behaviour for organizational purposes.

Transferable skills of the University of Bologna a.y. 2022/23

The list of transferable skills for the 2022/23 a.y. will is available within the Course unit catalogue.

In 2022/23 a.y. the University offers many courses introduced over the past years, including Entrepreneurship, Information Literacy, Approaching the World of Work, Creative Thinking, Employability, Computational Thinking, Project Management, Italian Language Labs, Service Learning, Diversity Management, Patents & Trade Marks. 

The list of transferable skills also includes new additions with reference to cooperative entrepreneurship, global citizenship, professional english, data literacy, and inclusivity in enterprises. Activities are held in Bologna and in the campuses, both in Italian and in English.

What are transferable skills

The European Union has updated the key competencies for personal realisation and development, for active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.

These competencies are identified with reference to eight different areas:

  • Literacy competence;
  • Multilingual competence;
  • Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology and engineering;
  • Digital competence;
  • Personal, social and learning to learn competence;
  • Citizenship competence;
  • Entrepreneurship competence;
  • Cultural awareness and expression competence.

Therefore, transferable skills integrate with knowledge and disciplinary expertise, allowing individuals to acquire competencies essential both in life and at work. Transferable skills pertain to cognitive, creative, managerial, relational and communication areas. 

Nowadays, experts in the research and selection of human resources give great importance to transferable skills.

To facilitate the integration in the world of work, the University of Bologna offers its students a number of courses: Entrepreneurship, Information Literacy, Approaching the World of Work, Tax and Job Consultancy, Creativity and Innovation, Employability, Computational Thinking, Project Management, Italian Language Labs, Service Learning, Diversity management, Patents & trade marks and language courses including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, German and Russian.
Each course has a fixed number of places available, for a total of 2735 places. 

Who can enrol

All students regularly enrolled in the 2022/23 a.y. in a First Cycle, Single Cycle, or Second Degree Programme can access the transferable skills course units that have been identified as being consistent with the curriculum of their degree programme. Transferable skills can be included only in the year in which the course structure diagram allows students to receive credits for elective learning activities.

How to enrol

You may include learning activities in your curriculum, within your elective credits (letter D), directly by filling in the study plan online, from 10 October 2022.
Some learning activities are identified by a number (1, 2, 3, 4) that refers to their edition; these are replicas of the same activities, therefore, if you are interested in including them in your curriculum you must do so only once.

The course schedules are being finalised and will be available in the relevant webguides.

Attendance for all these learning activities is compulsory for 70% of the hours, in fact, the courses have limited places and are assigned on a firs-come, first-served basis, to the students who include them in their study plan first. Attendance must be accumulated in the year in which the teaching activities are included in the study plan.

A counting system prevents students from adding the activity once places are no longer available (the counting system books the place at the time the study plan is closed).

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