SUCSESS Training 3 started today!

The third training of the SUCSESS project started today in Johannesburg and online in Zoom – in a hybrid format. The first day was devoted to discussing competences.

This was the programme for the first training day:


Welcome, General introduction and Get-to-know

Diane Abrahams and Eva Holmberg

Jarkko Saarinen

Tracy Daniels and Tembi Tichaawa

Reba Letsholo and Berendien Lubbe


Competences: what, why, how to include in the degree programme?

Samantha Giove, Sheffield Hallam University

Karen Borain, Tsogo Sun

Jarmo Ritalahti, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Group activity: Discussion

Facilitated by Thandi Nzama and Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji

Conclusions for the day

Thandi Nzama and Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji

A representative from the industry, Ms Karen Borain from Tsogo Sun, talked about the importance of collaboration as a competence. It means going beyond teamwork. After that Associate Dean Dr Samatha Giove from Sheffield Hallam introduced the four competences of the Hallam model/Knowledge Applied: engage, challenge, collaborate, thrive. They are discussed  and practiced thoroughly with the students, embedded in the curriculum and communicated in various internal and external campaigns. Sheffield wants the students to have real world experiences during their studies.

Principal Lecturer Jarmo Ritalahti from Haaga-Helia UAS talked about how to integrate competences in the curriculum and degree programmes.

After the speeches, the group in Johannesburg  continued discussing in mixed groups about competences and contextualising them.

In the student Zoom session, the participants discussed the following themes and wrote their thoughts in Padlet:

1) What competences may have changed because of the pandemic? 

2) What competences are important for them to gain employment is South Africa?

3) What competences you would add to your current curriculum?

After the discussions, the student point of view was also shared with the main session. Prof Thandi Nzama and Prof Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji recapped the discussions of the first day. The first day offered interesting discussions both in the face-to-face group as well as in the online group. Collaboration seemed to be THE competence of the day!

We look forward to the next steps of the training! See you all tomorrow again!