Education


New course opens at the University of Economics: “Skills for success” in Slovak language


After the successful launch of “Skills for success - from University to Workplace” accredited course run in English language at the University of Economics in Bratislava, the Slovak version has been put into practice starting 2017.

The English mutation of the course was opened at the Faculty of Business Management last year as an initiative of the Business Service Center Forum and supported by the American Chamber of Commerce. It is led by professional trainers from the companies that are members of the BSC Forum, with the aim to improve the competitiveness of Slovak students on the labor market. This way the students can meet professionals from corporations like Dell, IBM, Johnson Controls International, Lenovo, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Siemens and others. After the course completion the students will receive a certificate that will facilitate finding a job in the companies that are part of the BSC Forum.

The official opening was attended by representatives of the Business Service Center Forum as well as the leadership of the faculty. Have a look at more photos here.


BSC Forum Launches the first accredited course at the University of Economics 

“Skills for success - from University to Workplace” is the title of the first accredited course initiated by the Business Service Center Forum and supported by the American Chamber of Commerce, now open for students of the Faculty of Business Management at the University of Economics in Bratislava. The course runs on a weekly basis during the winter semester and is led by professional trainers from the companies that are members of the BSC Forum, with the aim to improve the competitiveness of Slovak students on the labor market. In the future, BSCF wants to extend the course to other faculties and universities as well.

Soft skills are very often underrated in the Slovak education system. Students who after graduation start to work, tend to have good expertise in their field, but they lack a full set of soft skills that are also necessary for the successful functioning in business. This is the scenario all companies that are members of the BSC Forum encounter, and therefore decided to invest in creating a new accredited subject that would help students be more successful in their career. Students thus have the chance to gain a whole set of skills that are not taught elsewhere.

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Train The Trainer

Business Service Center Forum (BSCF) powered by AmCham actively contributes to the improvement of education in Slovakia. One of its activities supporting this intention is organization of special courses for university teachers, called Train the Trainer.

Train the Trainer is an annual series of interactive workshops especially designed for university teachers and professors to bring innovative approaches and methods from the business environment into the education process. The program, organized since 2011, is designed for teachers and each session is focused on a certain area of needed improvement, such as soft skills in the past year. In 2016, for the first time, there was an upgraded version of the program, so-called Train the Trainer 2.It was designed for the most active teachers from the previous Train the Trainer program and consisted of 6 interactive workshops, run throughout the month of June.

Special thanks goes to the AmCham BSCF members BPP, IBM, PwC, AT&T, LafargeHolcim and Mondelez for enabling their experts to participate in the program and share their expertise with the university teachers.

The Train the Trainer 2 included 18 teachers from 3 universities. Discussed topics included verbal and non-verbal communication, feedback, time management, customer excellence, project management, process improvement or catching the attraction of the audience.

At the end of the program, participants gave presentations on what they would implement in their education process.

 

What do the participants say about the event?  

  “This course belongs to one of the best workshops I have been to, the learnings from which I will surely apply at my work. The lecturers were encouraging and I would certainly be glad if I could continue to work with them.”

“I liked especially the practical part, in which we dealt with different roles. I will use similar examples with subjects focusing on logistics and marketing in my seminars.”

“A fantastic lecturer, a fantastic presentation and focus on engaging the participants. I was interested in literally everything and managed to gain various inspirations. This seminar should be attended by all the teachers, so that they can leverage from the learnings and start to apply them in their education process!”

Have a look at more photos here.