Integrating transferable skills into an existing curriculum: The example of Geospatial Engineering at ETH Zurich


  • Andreas Wieser
  • Eva Buff Keller
  • Simon Graf



In this contribution we present an approach to integrating improved formation and consolidation of transferable skills into the Bachelor’s program Geospatial Engineering at ETH Zurich. We report how the development of competences in argumentation, critical thinking, technical/scientific writing, visualisation, presentation, learning management, teamwork, and project management was supported without changing the structure of the existing curriculum, providing additional courses or assigning other lecturers. The approach focused on feasibility under the temporal, structural and financial limitations of an academic programme. Its pillars are (i) stakeholder participation, (ii) transparency, (iii) communication, and (iv) supporting material for both students and instructors.