Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Courses as Part of the University Masters
Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) teams consisting of students from different masters’ programmes execute assignments commissioned by external professional organizations – businesses, governmental organizations and NGO’s.
Wageningen University provides education and generates knowledge in the field of life sciences and natural resources. Sustainability is one of the main topics of research and education. ACT aims to enhance the abilities of students to function in professional teams, show leadership and apply their academic knowledge in complex contexts where both technical and non-technical arguments and processes should be considered. Students receive communication skills training, coach guidance and peer feedback to reflect on and improve their academic competences. The modular skills training (MOS) teaches skills that are necessary for graduates to function professionally at MSc level. An assessment is made on which skills are mastered and which are necessary to develop (more).
Every year 700 students follow the ACT course and at least 1,400 students follow MOS courses. The impact on the study program at master level is big. The acquired experience in academic group work has a positive impact on other courses and programs within Wageningen University. The relation between Wageningen University and organizations in its network is strengthened through active cooperation on project designed research by ACT project teams of students.
The students' appreciation of the courses is high and has grown over time. It answers to the students’ needs to empower them to collaborate with peers on complex issues in a pleasant and efficient way. Besides these positive effects of training soft skills, students are getting insight in a part of the professional life.
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