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Sustainable Development Goals and Social Skills perfectly combined

January 18, 2022

In the Social Skills 1 lecture, students from the Bachelor’s Program in Corporate Communication create awareness of selected Sustainable Development Goals using an unusual and innovative presentation format.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address all countries, rich and poor, to take action that promotes prosperity for all while protecting the planet. They reconcile strategies for overcoming poverty, education and equal opportunities with measures for necessary economic growth, but not at the expense of environmental protection. Everyone is called upon to make a contribution within their individual possibilities. FHWien der WKW, as a pioneer in corporate social responsibility, has incorporated the SDGs as an important component in its lectures. For example, the topic is firmly anchored in the lecture “Social Skills 1” of the Bachelor’s program in Corporate Communication in the 1st semester.

Pictures speak louder than words: effective presentations in just 20 seconds

First semester full-time and part-time students of the Bachelor’s program in Corporate Communication were therefore faced with the task of presenting the 17 SDGs as effectively as possible in the winter semester of 2021. In order to be able to achieve a strong and lasting impression in a short period of time, the students selected the Pecha Kucha technique of presentation. Characteristically, merely 20 (picture-only) slides are used in that method, with a display duration of only 20 seconds each. Thus, it is important to use congruent and focused verbal and visual input that develops a clear storyline that actually affects the audience. The students have mastered this remarkably difficult online task terrifically, creating inspiring and emotionally touching presentations.

Congratulations for this outstanding accomplishment from the Competence Center for Leadership & Social Skills‘ team of lecturers: Gabriele Zeiner, Bettina Eibler and Gerald Kolar.

This is another step towards raising increased awareness for the SDGs within academic online lectures.

>> Learn more about the UN’s SDGs

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