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Center for key competences and research-oriented learning

What are key competences?

„Key competences“ is a concept that has exerted much influence in scientific, academic and education policy dialogue since the 1970th. But what exactly are key competences? Key competences encompass skills outside professional knowledge that are key to:

  • Research und learn successfully
  • Adapt to changing occupational demands
  • Personal development

The Center for key competences understands key competences as those that we need to be competent actors in the face of individual and societal challenges.

Professional knowledge  can be attained through studying but key competences need practical training and tutelage. Like you cannot learn to drive a car from theoretical discussion or reading a book, key competences need practical experience. The more experience you gain, the less you (need to) think about it. You know when to shift a gear or how to react to heavy traffic. The capacity of driving a car has become implicit knowledge.

But while driving a car is taught in driving school, key competences are still rarely explicitly taught and it is assumed that everyone implicitly knows how to:

  • Write good texts
  • Act competently in intercultural contexts
  • Learn foreign languages
  • Attain factual knowledge
  • Communicate competently
  • And much more

The Center for key competences offers individual counseling, training and workshops that explicitly focus on training key competences. We support learners to realize their key competences and and offer a professional learning environment. It is important to have an open mind for new methods of learning, personal development and critical personal reflection. Because such things are more easily accomplished by working with peers, the Center focuses on the method of peer tutoring. All of our peer tutors are professionally trained.