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Global Summit on Students Affairs and Services

EucA, European University College Association, in cooperation with IASAS (International Association on Students Affair and Services – www.iasasonline.org) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education– www.naspa.org) are convening the second Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services. The 2014 Global Summit is being hosted hosted in Rome, from October 22nd to 24th 2014.

The issue of soft skills for employability is the main topic of 'Rethinking Education', the initiative launched by the European Commission to encourage the Member States to take immediate measures to ensure that young people develop the skills and competences required by the labour market and to achieve its objectives for growth and employment. One of the strategic actions is the reform of university curricula because educational programs are still focused on the teaching of traditional skills, rather than paying attention to soft skills and complementary training (soft skills, non-formal and informal learning).

The aim of the Global Summit is to develop a high-profile debate, on how international mobility, student services and training on soft skills can contribute to increase youth employment.

Keynote speaker will be Jigar Patel, Principal McKinsey, co-author of the study 'Education to employment, getting Europe's youth into work'.

Institutional guests: Silvia Costa, President of Cultural Commission, European Parliament; Harald Hartung, Head of Unit International cooperation and programmes, Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.

The Global Summit will involve 100 delegates from Universities and halls of residences from all over the world for a two days full immersion in the following topics:

1-Integrating soft skills in the university educational path: the impact of student affairs and services.

2-Soft skills development for a better employability: student affairs and services as a facilitator for the dialogue with the labour market.

3-Fostering entrepreneurship mind-set and creative thinking: the perspective of student affairs and services.

4-Enhancing civil participation, global approach, social inclusion: the potentialities of student affairs and services.