SSGS Academy

Skills for Students, Graduates and Start-Ups (SSGS)

This programme provides students, graduates and start-ups with three main competences which are grouped into key masteries.

The masteries are judged through experience and professional know-how to underpin critical faculties of independent thinking and job competences.

The SSGS ideas are disseminated to stakeholders through summer schools, workshops and seminars, roundtables, outreach programmes, academic publications, research papers, and consulting reports.

The 6 Masteries of Independent Thinking and Job Competences 

1. Writing; Analysis and problem definition; Listening; Problem solving; Public speaking; and Doing (execution)

The 9 Masteries of Entrepreneurial Thinking (adapted from the UK National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education – NCEE):

Philosophy; Process; Pedagogy; Personal Entrepreneurship; Strategy; State of the Game; Resource Acquisition; Operations; and Networks

The Core Masteries of Quality, Impact and Excellence:

  • Course-specific career skills including Corporate Academic CVs, completion of application forms, networking and interviews;
  • Integral excellence models including European Service Excellence Frameworks (and in the higher education sector frameworks like the UK Research Excellence Framework UKREF and the Global Research and Teaching Excellence Framework (GLORETEF), which we are currently developing);
  • Mastery of 3E systems for high-performance; see the section on 3E Technologies;
  • Training on a wide range of ICT skills used to support these activities including Microsoft Office Suite (for example Advanced Excel, Database, MS Project, and MS Power Point), statistical computing/data analysis tools such as SPSS, NVIVO, R, MATLAB, EViews, and C++ programming; see the notes on 3E International Coding School;
  • Business and process improvement using such tools such as Total Quality Management (TQM), Six Sigma Methodology, Statistical Quality Control (SQC), and related Excellence frameworks, for example the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM); applications of these in product and service contexts;
  • Professional Standards Frameworks comparable to the UK Professional Standards Framework, used in managing quality and standards of higher education in UK universities;
  • Coaching, mentoring and training using our Corporate Academic Model ;
  • Training in Higher-Order Skills such as critical thinking and decision making, strategic intelligence and negotiations; creative problem solving; scenario modelling; multiple intelligences and their use in exemplary teaching and learning; the theory of constraints and its application in finding optimal solutions to organisational problems; Howard Gardner’s 5 Minds for the Future (discipline, creating, synthesising, responsible and ethical minds) and their coercion in developing exceptional (senior) management talent;
  • Organisational development and management (people, process, and technology/tools);
  • Change management, leadership and related toolkits such as Critical Thinking and Decision Making (CTDM), TQM, Scenario Analysis, and Creative Problem Solving;
  • Employer/industry needs analysis and skills audits;
  • Business analysis for service and performance improvement;
  • Innovative and collaborative curriculum design and delivery;
  • New business development;
  • Integrated project management.