Soft Skills: can we teach them?

On June 17th, 2019, Guglielmo Marconi University, in collaboration with Manager Italia and Erasmus+ program, hosted an exciting and up-to-date event on soft skills and human capital in the digital age at the Aula Magna in Via Plinio.  The theme of the conference concerned some crucial soft skills that are necessary to succeed in the immediate working environment. These skills, also referred as transversal, include creativity, flexibility, listening, and problem-solving.
“Soft Skills and Human Capital in the Digital Age” event was also based on two European Projects, eVET, online Vocational Education and Training platform, and DISCOVER, Developing Innovative Science Outreach for Vocational Education to Encourage STEM Careers and Education.
The event saw the participation of Prof. Tommaso Saso and Mr. Arturo Lavalle, Head of R&D area at Guglielmo Marconi University, respectively for the introductory speech and the role of moderator.
The relators participating at the meeting were divided in two groups.
The first group was composed by Dr. Enrico Pedretti, Head of Marketing at Manageritalia, Ing. Ginamarco Montanari, General Manager the Italian Institute of Technology, Prof. Michele Petrocelli, Professor of Monetary Politics at and Responsible for the course on Softs Skills at GMU, Dr. Davide Trotti, President of AIDP Lazio and lastly, from Federica Funghi and Monica Fasciani presenting eVET and DISCOVER projects.
The second group was composed by Giambattista La Rocca, CEO NTV Italo, Dr. Maria Tringali, HR manager at INFOCERT, Dr. Licia Cianfriglia, Manager of Institutional Relations at ANP “Associazione Nazionale Presidi” and Dr. Carlo Mannoni, General Manger at “Fondazione Sardegna”.
The goal of the conference was to provide the participants with valuable reflection points on how to succeed in the digital age, when soft skills have become extremely important tools useful during all the lifespan.
Given the digital nature of the University, the conference used a blended format that merged both on-site and online participation, thanks to online streaming and WhatsApp app, allowing students to attend the meeting and ask questions from all over the world. By the end of the conference, around 400 students had connected to GMU platform, and approximately 20 students used WhatsApp to ask questions.
For more information, send an email to progettieuropei@unimarconi.it

Soft Skills: can we teach them?