In collaboration with Caritas Tirol, the Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management program recently introduced Service Learning as a component of the curriculum. This innovative addition not only provides an enriching experience during the studies, but also opens up diverse opportunities for professional development.
Service Learning allows students to apply theoretical knowledge directly to practice by engaging in nonprofit organizations, social projects, or health facilities. Active participation provides insights into real challenges, contributing to the development of both professional and social skills. These initial practical experiences not only enhance understanding of various roles in the nonprofit, social and health sectors but also contribute to networking in different fields.
The benefits of Service Learning in the curriculum are manifold. Students can:
The integration of Service Learning in the curriculum is not only an enrichment for personal development but also offers clear advantages in the job market. Employers value graduates with real industry experience, references beyond their academic bubble, and a commitment to social engagement.
How does it work?
Students in the Nonprofit, Social & Care Health Management program are connected to organizations and facilities in the social and health sectors through a course with Caritas. ECTS credits are awarded for the time students spend gaining insights, collecting experiences, and participating in initial activities in these areas.
Head of Study Program Lukas Kerschbaumer is excited about the new offering: “We are convinced that Service Learning will make a significant contribution to education and prepare students optimally for the requirements in Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management."
Sibylle Auer, head of the Volunteer Center Tirol Mitte, emphasizes: "Learning through engagement/Service Learning counteracts the fragmentation of society, strengthens togetherness through the concrete immersion of students in the social value of engagement. Because 'doing good feels good' – both for those gifted with time and those giving it. Feeling effective and experiencing outside one's comfort zone allows for a personal and social value to be realized."
Service Learning. ©Caritas Tirol
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