ATHENA Network Educational Model

Our pedagogical model promotes student-centred curricula where mobility is naturally embedded as an intrinsic part of the teaching/learning process instead of being seen as an extraordinary peculiar initiative of a few. This pedagogical model creates teaching/learning settings that promote the development of soft skills and boost students’ employability. We will permanently seek innovative approaches to ensure that our pedagogical model is a living piece of ATHENA, always tuned to society needs in a smooth yet cautious movement towards modern trends.

Students select the courses that are most appropriate for their envisaged professional career as long as they encompass the required competences as established by the syllabi and the learning outcomes of the courses attended by the student. This way, students may design their own academic path by replacing courses within the same group of courses sharing similar characteristics. We have named these groups of interchangeable courses as Competence Clusters.

Another cornerstone in ATHENA’s pedagogical model is the internationalization of education with a focus on blended mobility. Four out of the seven partners in ATHENA have been running a successful model of blended mobility for the last 11 years.It is a paradigm that is clearly aligned with the agenda of the new European Higher Education Area, which favours the creation of teaching/learning environments that foster students’ active development, creating conditions to promote personal and professional development. It contributes to the broad lines of the EU2020 strategy, promoting employability and mobility. At ATHENA, we are aiming to have a pool of challenges offered by market stakeholders that students can apply to, thus creating ad-hoc teams of students, coming from different institutions and complementary study area, so that teams have all the required competences to provide a solution to a real life problem a company will set

The Education Board is the ATHENA organ that will assume responsibilities and a proactive role in the internationalization of education and linking the worlds of education and work. These are two pillars of higher education, two fundamental vectors in promoting the employability of our students, and assuring an effective transition from the world of education to the world of work.