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Teaching soft skills in Engineering education: an European perspective

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Teaching soft skills in Engineering education: an European perspective

Caeiro Rodríguez, Manuel; Manso Vázquez, Mario; Mikic Fonte, Fernando Ariel; Llamas Nistal, Martín; Fernández Iglesias, Manuel José; Tsalapatas, Hariklia; Heidmann, Olivier; Carvalho, Carlos Vaz de; Jesmin, Triinu; Terasmaa, Jaanus; Tolstrup, Lene
DATE : 2021-02
UNESCO SUBJECT : 58 Pedagogía ; 1203.04 Inteligencia Artificial ; 1203.10 Enseñanza Con Ayuda de Ordenador


Higher Education engineering students need to be prepared to address sustainable solutions to the complex problems faced in this century. They should become proficient problem solvers, able to work in multidisciplinary teams, ready to adapt to new technologies, and able to acquire new knowledge and skills when needed. Usually known as soft skills, these competences play a key role in Engineering and have being taught in the last two decades, to a greater or lesser extent, using different methodologies and tools. This study reviews the promotion and teaching of soft skills in Higher Education across 5 European countries: Greece, Estonia, Denmark, Portugal and Spain. It provides an overview of best practices on these countries, focusing also on technological solutions to actually enable the development of soft skills. The purpose of this research is to shed some light about how soft skills are being taught presently and the difficulties involved in that process.

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