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Memorias de investigación
Research Project:
IN4SOC-INTERNSHIPD FOR ENHANCED SOCIAL AND CIVIC KEY COMPETENCES FOR LIFELONG LEARNIN INTECHICAL UNIVERSITIRES Nº 2018-1-ES01-KA203-050697
Year:2018
Research Areas
  • Engineering,
  • Education,
  • Social, affective and emotional competence,
  • Corporate social responsibility
Information
Abstract
Internships are meaningful means for the professional and personal growth of university students, as they enable real experiential learning. These collaborations are increasingly part of the higher education programmes across Europe, though the approach and variety can be certainly enhanced, as the available internships are not always fully aligned with the real professional skills students will need in the current and future industrial markets and the needed consideration of social and environmental issues. Social engagement for its part can play a relevant role in the learning processes, being the development of the social and civic values identified as one of the key competences for lifelong learning in the EU. Social responsibility goes even beyond social engagement, typically involving the operation in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Cooperation between academia and organizations can highly reinforce the social responsibility approach of organizations, e.g. through tailored service-learning experiences framed by effectively designed internships. It is worth noting that, while Universities in the social sciences have a wider experience on service-learning teaching strategies, Technical Universities have a lengthy path ahead in implementing it. Internships with a social approach are then identified as relevant to train committed engineering professionals, with enhanced socio-civic values, as well as professional, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. In this context, the IN4SOC Project seeks to promote socio-civic (SOC) internships in Technical Universities, by creating structured and innovative internships as a formal, guided experience. Within the SOC internships, students thus have the opportunity to have an impact on corporate social responsibility aspects, while facing real-world challenges, supervised by an academic and an industry expert. Students and industries are connected via the IN4SOC online tool, in which the selection process of the internships is conducted. The tool will also monitor the progress of the student during the internship. The monitoring will measure the level of acquisition of professional skills including leadership, social and civic competence, and entrepreneurial motivations. The innovative approach will be applied and tested in pilot SOC internships in Technical Universities in 5 EU countries (France, Germany, Hungary, Spain and Portugal) The main outputs of the IN4SOC project are: ? Guidelines to formulate replicable socio-civic internships. ? Rubric to evaluate students? performance through the SOC internships. ? Templates and checklist for partnering with organizations. ? Guides for a successful SOC internship. ? IN4SOC tool to connect students and organizations. ? Recommendations for institutionalization of SOC internships. ? IN4SOC toolkit to implement SOC internships in Technical Universities. IN4SOC aims to impact they way internships are designed across the EU in Technical Universities, by incorporating social responsibility in line with the sustainable development goals. The main target groups of the project are university students, staff members of higher education (university managers, counsellors, researchers) and organizations' (large companies, SMEs, NGOs, public administration) representatives. All the groups will be directly involved in the project through the Communication and Dissemination Plan, which also defines indicators to measure the impact to be achieved.
International
Si
Project type
Proyectos y convenios en convocatorias públicas competitivas
Company
European Commission
Entity Nationality
Sin nacionalidad
Entity size
Desconocido
Granting date
18/09/2018
Participants
  • Director: Justo Garcia Navarro (UPM)
  • Participante: Ana Jimenez Rivero (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Sostenibilidad en la Construcción y en la Industria
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Agroforestal
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