Competences represent a dynamic combination of knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities. Fostering these competences is the purpose of degree programmes. Competences are developed in various units/courses/modules and assessed at different stages. They may be divided into generic (common to any degree programme) and subject specific (related to a concrete field).
Generic competences identify shared elements, common to any degree, such as capacity to learn, teamwork, interpersonal abilities, etc. They are complemented by subject specific competences which give identity to a particular degree.
1. Ability for conceptual thinking, analysis and synthesis
2. Professionalism, ethical values and commitment to UBUNTU *
3. Capacity for critical evaluation and self-awareness
4. Ability to translate knowledge into practice
5. Objective decision making and practical cost-effective problem solving
6. Capacity to use innovative and appropriate technologies
7. Ability to communicate effectively in official/national and local languages
8. Ability to learn to learn and capacity for lifelong learning
9. Flexibility, adaptability and ability to anticipate and respond to new situations
10. Ability for creative and innovative thinking
11. Leadership, management and teamwork skills
12. Communication and interpersonal skills
13. Environmental and economic consciousness
14. Ability to work in an intra- and intercultural and/or international context
15. Ability to work independently
16. Ability to evaluate, review and enhance quality
17. Self-confidence, entrepreneurial spirit and skills
18. Commitment to preserve African identity and cultural heritage
*UBUNTU (respect for the well-being and dignity of fellow human beings)”.