Life Skills offers a holistic approach to education. Besides assisting students in adjusting to life in higher education, the course also aims at advancing students’ career needs, as well as enhancing their personal lives. Life Skills focuses on topics that encourage self-reliance and achievement in various dimensions of health and wellness. The learning objectives of the course are as follows:

  • stimulating academic development by encouraging active involvement in the learning process;
  • developing intellectual wellbeing through creative and critical thinking;
  • encouraging personal development

Modules covered in Life Skills include:

  • Academic Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality and HIV/AIDS
  • Life Management

The course is currently offered to all students in extended programmes. In view of mainstreaming Life Skills into departmental learning programmes, two lecturers per academic department, per site, will be trained in 2010 to offer the course. By means of this decentralization, all first-year students will be able to receive Life Skills education. The Extended Studies Academy will further provide training, mentoring and support.




Peer assisted learning
Reading & writing centres
English proficiency assistance
Life skills training
Student placement
English, Science and Mathematics assessments
Computer literacy
Dutch universities’ capacity building collaboration

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