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Personal Development

PhD students will participate in a state-of-art blended learning programme BeyondU with online interactions and engagements and six live masterclasses to unleash the potential of each individual. The personal development programme is an educational personal transformational experience. The group is a tool for the support of each individual. To engage PhD students in their journey of personal growth, weekly communication is available with a professional mentor.

“PhD students will develop human-skills, increase their self-awareness and boost their social emotional intelligence and professional influence”

PhD students will develop human-skills, increase their self-awareness and boost their social emotional intelligence and professional influence. Essential for 21st century leaders who want to make an impact at work, collaborate in teams and hold a unique position in the international labour market. BeyondU consists of six personal development pillars and continuous development of new human-skills. Each masterclass is a live experience and is the kick off of each pillar. Masterclasses include reflection and are centred around activities activating the body (experience, feel, listen), the mind (learn, understand, talk), and the heart (discover, connect, be). During the online interactive programme, PhD students receive a mixture of educational and motivational messages and assignments in alignment with the respective pillar. The ultimate objective is behavioural change and integration of insights into daily personal and professional life. Interactions to mobilize can include TedTalks, assignments, coaching calls etc.

About the course instructor: Ingrid Valks is Personal Development Programme BeyondU coach and facilitator. She has been working with intercultural groups for both corporations and non-profit organizations worldwide, for over 20 years, as entrepreneur and corporate director. She has worked for a diverse range of sectors, from the pharmaceutical industry to the automotive one, and from IT to media.