Skills practice

Would you like some extra skills practice? Then sign up for one of the many courses, trainings or activities on offer at WUR during 2021 – 2022.

Communication skills

A variety of skills varying from amongst others active listening, body language, clear speech, and cross-cultural communication.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • Intercultural communication skills (ELS65400, 1.5 ECTS, MOS Module*)
    • Become aware of your own culture-embedded perspectives in a safe and open environment, to become sensitive to the differences which are a consequence of various cultural backgrounds, to be able to recognise and deal with cultural conflicts that may arise, and to gain insight into the relativity of their own perspective.
    • This course is taught in period 1,2,3,5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Argumentation skills (ELS 65500, 1.5 ECTS, MOS Module)
    • Practice the skills that are necessary to deliver an oral argumentation in the right context and for the right purpose. It gives theory and tools for persuasive argumentations and debate.
    • This course is taught in period 1,3,5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Dialogue Skills (ELS 67500, 1.5 ECTS, MOS Module)
    • Train the skill to engage in meaningful conversations without a predictable outcome. It is communicating across differences. This is useful in several settings e.g., group work, peer review and thesis rings.
    • This course is taught in period 1 and 3 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Negotiation Skills (ELS 65300, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • This course is a practical training focussing on the development of professional negotiation skills.
    • This course is taught in period 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Teaching and Training Skills (ELS 52306, 6 ECTS)
    • This course focuses on the development of both teaching, training, and tutoring skills. These skills are necessary for preparing, delivering and/or facilitating presentations, colloquia, workshops, and other learning activities.
    • This course can be seen as prelude to the Education minor.
    • This course is taught in period 1 and 4 in Dutch and in period 5 in English and 6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.

Presentation skills

Skills necessary to deliver a good presentation e.g., providing structure, non-verbal behaviour, persuasiveness, and public speaking.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • Presentation skills (BSc) (ELS10301, 1.0 ECTS, compulsory course for BFT, BGM, BBC and BVG). For other BSc programmes Presentation skills is embedded in program courses.
    • Learn how to prepare a presentation, practicing, reading, giving (peer) feedback, and reflecting.
    • This course is taught in period 2,5,6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual reflection assignment.
  • The art of public speaking (ELS65700, 1.5 ECTS, MOS Module)
    • Learn to align your public speaking with yourself as a person, deliver high-impact presentations and learn how to speak comfortably in front of an audience.
    • This course is taught in period 1,2,3,5 and consists of several interactive sessions, E-learning material, and an individual assignment.
  • Argumentation skills (ELS 65500, 1.5 ECTS, MOS Module)
    • The course offers students the possibility to practice the skills that are necessary to deliver an oral argumentation in the right context and for the right purpose learning about several aspects of persuasiveness and argumentation.
    • This course is taught in period 1,3,5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
    • Also, a BSc-option is available (ELS-10801)

Writing skills

Being able to deliver a structured scientific report.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • Academic Argumentation in Scientific Writing and Debate (ELS66600, 1.5 ECTS, MOS Module)
    • Learn how to write opinion papers and analyse scientific papers using knowledge about the nature of science and argumentation.
    • This course is taught in period 1, 3,5 and consists of several tutorials and an individual assignment.
  • Scientific writing skills (ELS65600, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • Provides a general overview and some theoretical background on various aspects of academic writing, including structure, referring and use of English to increase readability.
    • This course is taught in period 1,2,3,5,6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.

Extracurricular:

  • WUR Library
    • Study the e-learning modules for self-study or to refresh your information literacy skills, attend a course, consult the FAOs page, or contact them for immediate support.
  • Wageningen Writing lab
    • Writing Lab offers a series of supporting activities for students of Wageningen University to help them improve their writing skills and develop fresh writing strategies.

Cooperation/interpersonal skills

Interpersonal skills are skills that help you establish good relationships with your co-workers and others. These skills are e.g., adaptability, working under pressure, conflict resolution, creativity etc.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • Networking (ELS66900, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • Provides students an introductory practical experience with and theoretical background on the relevance, content, and techniques for networking.
    • This course is taught in period 2, 5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.

Extracurricular training:

  • Workshop Networking and job seeking strategies for introverts 30 September 12:30-14:00
    • In this workshop you will learn the difference between the introverted and the extroverted brain, get tips on networking on content instead of on small talk and discover how to prepare for and perform in job interviews as a more introverted person.
    • Offered by Student Career Services
  • Open Mind Lab
    • In the Open Mind Lab (OML), you work in a small group of WUR-students (5-7 people) to prepare a Studium Generale programme. The starting point is a broadly defined subject. You work together to narrow the focus and design an inspiring and thought-provoking programme.
    • Part of Studium Generale Wageningen

Personal leadership

About taking charge of your own life and responsibilities.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • Personal Leadership and Effectiveness (ELS66800, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • For students wanting to develop their personal leadership skills and become more effective in their (leading) behaviour.
    • This course is taught in period 2,3,5 and consists of several interactive sessions.
  • Professional and personal Resilience: The sciences of practice of wellbeing (ELS67800, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • Professional and Personal Resilience is an explorative and participative course, supporting your ability to live a resilient life and to be able to build more productive habits.
    • It could serve as introductory course on Intuitive Intelligence, Career Exploration and/or Personal Leadership and Effectiveness.
    • This course is taught in period 2 and 5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Leadership for Transformation (ELS66400, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • In this course, the focus is on the connection between students (and their personal drives) and the society, and how this connection between individual and collective can be a starting point for change.
    • This course is taught in period 2,3 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Philosophical skills (CPT55503, 3 ECTS)
    • In this course you will get acquainted with and learn to apply specific forms of deliberation and critical reflection, including inductive and deductive reasoning, Socratic dialogue, argumentation analysis and conceptual analysis.
    • This course is taught in period 5 and consists of several interactive sessions, group work and an individual assignment.
  • Intuitive Intelligence (ELS65800, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • The course aims at students who would like to develop their awareness about the way they process information and make decisions.
    • This course is taught in period 2,5,6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Applied Ethics (CPT65000, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • For students wanting more basic insight into moral and ethical reasoning.
    • This course is taught in period 1,2,5 and consists of several tutorials, a presentation and a paper. Furthermore, in period 2 the course specifically focusses on ethical problems in relation to food.
  • Knowledge Hurts (CPT65100, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • Explore the limitations of science to deliver (universal) truths. o Explore the limitations of science to deliver (universal) truths.
    • This course is taught in period 5 and consists of several tutorials, individual assignment, a presentation and an exam.

Extracurricular:

  • Studium Generale Wageningen
    • The University’s platform for social, cultural, and scientific activities! Lectures, debates, movies, and theatre! Do you want to receive regular updates? Apply for their update mail via the link
    • In addition, they organize a certificate programme in which you can expand your horizon and develop your competences in the field of listening, reflection, reasoning etc. You practice reflecting on science, society, and yourself while you develop a deeper understanding of your own thinking.
  • MOOC Environmental Gamechanger – lead the way to sustainable development
  • An online course to empower you to ‘be the change you want to see in the world’. Learn to understand the concept of sustainability, to reflect on the use of sustainability by different actors in society, develop essential skills to achieve sustainable change and apply these skills in your own environment.

Trainings:

  • Tackle your decision anxiety (Dutch) four online sessions on Thu 2, 9, 16 and 23 September
    • In this training you will learn how to make choices by navigating between rational reasons and your feelings. You will learn which mechanisms ensure that we often get stress or anxiety from making choices. Learn to trust your own feelings and to really choose what is important to you.
    • Offered by Student Training & Support
  • Learning to learn (Dutch); 8 September 16:00-17:15, 5 Wednesdays 16:00-17:15h
    • The training “Learning to learn” (in Dutch) aims at teaching students how to process information as effectively and efficiently as possible, to prepare successfully for your exams. Important aspects of learning such as mind-set, motivation, concentration, memory, power of repetition and learning strategies will be discussed. Additionally, there is extra focus on exam preparation.
    • Offered by Student Training & Support
  • From procrastination to action 7 September 2021 19:30, 4 Tuesdays (online)
    • In the training “From procrastination to action!” (Dutch spoken) you will learn how to overcome procrastination and effectively use your time. You will learn how to set priorities in time management, make effective choices, and plan activities accordingly. Moreover, the training offers insight in what you want to achieve in your studies.
    • Offered by Student Training & Support
  • Get a grip on your studies 2021-2022; 9 September 12:45-14:00, 5 sessions
  • Stress management (online) 4 Wednesday evenings on 15, 22, 29 September and 6 October 2021, also offered in period 2.
    • During this training attention will be paid to several questions related to stress. For example what do we mean with stress? What causes stress? How to deal with these causes? How to deal with your stress?
    • The goal is to offer you insights and tools that can help you managing your (study) stress in an effective way. Offered by Student Training & Support

Entrepreneurial skills

Skills related to entrepreneurship.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • Entrepreneurial skills (ELS 66100, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-module)
    • This course offers the student the possibility to learn and practice (their personal) entrepreneurial theory, skills, and attitudes by exploring an individual (intended) entrepreneurial idea
    • This course is taught in period 2 and 5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Pursuing and realizing entrepreneurial projects (ELS 67700, 3 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • PREP is specifically aimed at practicing and developing entrepreneurial skills in an authentic context. This course is for students doing the MSc Track Entrepreneurship.
    • This course is taught in period 2, 3, 5 and 6, and consists of a team report and an individual assignment.

Extracurricular:

  • Starthub
    • StartHub Wageningen is the start-up incubator and educator for students, PhD’s, and recent graduates of Wageningen University & Research. Their core focus is development of entrepreneurial competences of students and student entrepreneurs.
    • StartHub has a program that consists of 3 phases which take place twice during the academic year: Inspiration, Ideation & Realisation. With this program, they aim to inspire students about entrepreneurship, help to develop their entrepreneurial skills or even assist in bringing their start-up idea to life.
  • Enactus Wageningen
    • Enactus aims to create an environment that enables students to discover entrepreneurship, while making a social impact. Students can join on of the five impact-driven ventures and learn all about what it is like to run a start-up. Besides their offer weekly workshops and interesting speakers for the development of you and your team.

Professional skills

Skills that can be useful in your later career such as managing, networking, negotiating etc.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • Management Skills (ELS 66300, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • This course focusses on enhancing students understanding and application of management skills and developing their own viewpoint on a possible career as manager.
    • This course is taught in period 1, 2, 3, 6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Management Skills in Theory & Practice (ELS67300, 3 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • This course focuses on enhancing students understanding and application of management skills plus studying various management theories both individually and with peers. Furthermore, students are stimulated to develop their own viewpoint on a possible career as manager.
    • This course is taught in period 1, 2, 3, 6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Consultancy Skills (ELS 66200, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • For students wishing to get more understanding in consultancy skills and consultancy tools to be effective in providing professional or expert advice to external parties (commissioners).
    • This course is taught in period 1, 2, 5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Career exploration (ELS6900, 1.5 ECTS, MOS-Module)
    • In this course the backgrounds of starting your career will be explained. Via different assignments you will link your personal qualities to career opportunities and describe this in a personal profile and an application letter.
    • This course is taught in period 1, 3, 6 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.
  • Personal Motivation Assessment (ELS 51901, 1.0 ECTS)
    • This short course offers students an opportunity to increase their self-awareness and find out more about their intrinsic motivation.
    • This course is taught in period 2, 3, 5 and consists of several interactive sessions and an individual assignment.

Extracurricular:

  • Career coaching
    • Check out the website for more info on career coaching or make an appointment with a career coach for individual guidance.
  • Student Career Services
    • Student Career Services facilitate you by giving personal career advice, providing you a platform to meet employers and explore your wishes and talents through workshops and career events.
    • Possibilities to check your CV, motivation letter or LinkedIn. They also provide trainings like Online LinkedIn training (1 September), online training CV writing (20 September) or Webinar about doing a PhD (8 September). Besides, they organise a WUR career day which will take place on the 13th of October.
  • AIESEC Wageningen
    • For international exchanges or voluntary work.
  • Integrand
    • Integrand helps you out when you would like to get more job experience.
  • Unipartners (consultancy)
    • For students who would like to work as a consultant and are looking for internship in that field.
  • YUFA Young University Fund & Alumni
    • YUFA is the student committee of the University Fund Wageningen. The committee helps students who just graduated by developing the right skills as preparation to their future career. They organise several events like Networking, To do a PhD: Pleasure or Burden?, Studieschuld etc. In addition, they work closely together with WUR alumni.

More options

Association

Wageningen has ten traditional student associations, a study association for each study programme and a lot of other associations like cultural or sport associations. Check out the website to get a grip on what Wageningen has to offer.

As a member of these associations there are plenty of options to develop your soft skills further e.g., when joining a committee work or in a board tenure (part-time or full-time).

Participatory bodies of WUR

As a student there are many options to get involved in policy making at WUR. Join for example the Board of Education, the programme committee of your studies or the Student Council. Learn about negotiating, debating, communication and more.

FISSN

Want to set up and coordinate your own project helping other student? Apply for university funding and make it work. As project leader you can master soft skills like leadership, communication, organising and many more.

BSc Honours Programme

The BSc Honours Programme is a supplementary programme of 30 credits. Within the BSc Honours Programme you are given the opportunity to further develop your talents and interests both within as well as outside your study domain. During the three years of your BSc you will focus on broadening your knowledge, personal development and deepening your knowledge.

Student Training and Support

Student Training and Support provides an overview of trainings, workshops and guidance for WUR students on one digital platform. Here you can train study skills, improve your well-being and discover (hidden) talents. Student Training & Support uses six categories: personal development, career development, well-being, study skills, communication and between cultures. On their website and instagram more information can be find about their trainings offered through the year.

Green Office Wageningen

Green Office Wageningen was started by a group of green-minded students of the Wageningen University. They coordinate sustainability related initiatives at the Wageningen UR campus.

WUR Student Challenges

Student competitions provide many opportunities to demonstrate your talent and work on real-life problems. Wageningen University & Research organises Challenges for students worldwide and supports WUR teams that participate in student competitions via WUR Student Challenges.

Curricular (OSIRIS course catalogues):

  • MOOC Development (ELS 59306, 6.0 ECTS)
    • This course is part of a student challenge (design contest) aimed at designing and developing a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in a multidisciplinary team of students. The result of this course will be a proposal for a possible MOOC and a first draft of its educational design. A jury will choose the best proposal and the winning group will be facilitated to realize their plans in the following academic year.
    • Both for bachelor (if finished their first year) and master students.
  • Student Challenge Learning Journey 1 (YWU-51803, 3 ECTS)
    • In a student challenge student work in a multi-disciplinary student team on a real-life challenge for which finding a solution requires the creative co-creation of new knowledge across the boundaries of existing practices. The YWU-51803 Student Challenge Learning Journey 1 course enables students to capitalize on the learning experiences they encounter during their participation in the preparatory stage of a Student Challenge.
    • Course is provided the whole academic year.
  • Student Challenge Learning Journey 2 (YWU-52309, 9 ECTS)
    • During this closure event, one or more teams are then selected as ‘winning contributors’. This course Student Challenge Learning Journey 2 is meant to parallel the main stage of a Student Challenge in order to carry out the action plan you developed in YWU-51803, to monitor and intensify your learning experiences, reflect on those and describe future professional and personal learning outcomes for live after the challenge. With the help of a personal coach and your peers, you challenge yourself to get the most out of your Student Challenge learning journey.
    • Course is provided the whole academic year.

Extracurricular:

Check out the website for more challenges. Examples of challenges: Urban Greenhouse Challenge, ReThink Protein Challenge, QING Innovation track