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Vendula - Oct 15, 2019

Our impact: 3 things we achieved last year

Every year, Ubiquity University evaluates its progress and seeks to learn and improve from its past experiences. As an educational organization, we believe strongly in the notion of constant learning and development. 

Here is what we have learned from our past achievements and how we continue to refine and achieve our true purpose.

In 2018 was focused mainly on developing a robust B2B strategy with AIESEC, refining our UbiCerts™ product and, with various partners in Sri Lanka, developing our flagship UbiSkills™ course: Foundation in Soft Skills. The company also began to establish a consortium with Skillsbook, an Australian company, and Skillab, a Dutch firm, to develop a system which would enable Ubiquity clients to identify and develop competencies and credentials which, in turn, would help open up employment and learning opportunities worldwide. The core database we currently use comprises more than 54,000 competencies mapped to 330 industries and 3,000 professions. This enables Ubiquity to deliver breakthrough competency training along with assessment and certification solutions at scale, addressing the growing demand for recognized competency certification and micro-credentialing. This is combined with Ubiquity’s globally affordable and innovative educational system to deliver BA, MA, and PhD degrees, together with Soft Skills mastery programs to students worldwide.

 

1. Creating impact together!

In 2018, Ubiquity and AIESEC completed the design of a competency-based talent management system that is currently being tested, with plans to introduce it to the market very soon!

We’ve also partnered with Skilllab, a Germany-based social business that specializes in developing technology-based solutions to empower employment services for refugees. Ubiquity and Skilllab have begun discussing collaboration in this area. The two companies believe that such collaboration can provide a globally applicable product line that is not yet available anywhere in the global marketplace. 

We are also very proud to announce our cooperation with Skillsbook, an Australian company that has been digitally disrupting the education sector in Australia for a decade. 



2. Skills Acquisition - Proven!

Building on what Ubiquity established in 2017, the Company further refined its new educational product in 2018 for market entry in 2019. Developed by Peter Merry, PhD, our Chief Innovation Officer, Ubiquity is introducing UbiCerts™ by using competency-based assessment to prove skill acquisition.

UbiCerts™ is responding to market needs as an increasing number of companies and institutions are eliminating the requirement for degrees and are focusing more on who potential employees are and what they can actually do. Ubiquity is capitalizing on this burgeoning opportunity by shifting the playing field away from traditional degree acquisition to gaining credible, globally recognized, locally relevant competencies.

 

3. New skills for a new world

To compliment the UbiCerts™ framework, we have re-categorized our content into what we now call  UbiSkills™. We have developed a new content schema that we refer to as the “Chartres Framework”. This framework blends traditional liberal arts with the essential soft skill competencies needed today, as well as those skills needed to effectively understand and implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Soft Skills are transferrable skills, essential to individual and team performance regardless of industry or location.Hard skills tend to be technical in nature where tasks are more easily defined and achievement can be relatively easily measured. Hard skills include subjects such as math, science and engineering. Soft skills refer to those universal, ubiquitous skills that are actually more predictive of personal and professional success. Examples of these include leadership, critical thinking, nonverbal communication, public speaking, storytelling, teamwork and collaboration.

The Chartres Framework represents our reinterpretation of the traditional seven liberal arts into seven Soft Skill areas, each of which we believe is critical in order for all of us to  survive and thrive in this age of disruption and hypercomplexity. We have also incorporated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into the framework as we strongly believe that these interrelated set of 17 Global Goals provide a robust roadmap for positive action in the world.

In order to accommodate a rapidly shifting world, we have divided our curriculum into trimester courses, microcourses (four week courses which represent 1/3rd of a trimester course) and nanocourses (one week courses which represent 1/15th of a trimester course). Credits for microcourses and nanocourses are stackable, and we have developed ways in which students can receive academic credit for them. Our points based system allows students to mix and match courses and create the educational pathways that inspire them the most. 

Ubiquity is designed to change the way people learn. We are doing this by shifting the playing field away from traditional degree acquisition to the acquisition of globally recognized and locally applicable competencies and credentials linked to an AI- informed global database of competencies and jobs. We are both proud and excited to serve you with new partnerships and products for many years to come.

To 2019 and beyond!

Written by Vendula