In the academic year 2022/2023, the Collegio Ghislieri adheres to the University of Pavia’s “Non-Resident Collegiate” project (“Collegiale non residente”), in its two articulations dedicated respectively to Soft Skills Workshops (and the obtaining of “Open Badges“) and Extended Faculty.

The “Open Badge” project integrates the University’s offer with activities and teaching on soft skills, as an enhancement of students’ curricular training.

[The Open Badge is a digital certification that, through a png image format, collects the description of the competences, skills and knowledge that a student has acquired through an educational experience. The badge is made up of a graphic part (logo) and a descriptive part, which allow the so-called “portabilityof the badge, i.e. the possibility for anyone to read the description. For the badge to be awarded, 100% of the lessons must be attended]

In particular, the Collegio Ghislieri will provide two of the six workshops on soft skills envisaged by the “Non-resident Collegiate” project, in which students of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees who do not reside in the Colleges may also participate. Discover below the programmes of the interactive workshops organised at the Aula Magna of the Ghislieri, held by Beppe Severgnini and Gabriele Dadati (the registration form is inside).


YEAR OFFERED: 2022/2023

TEACHING PERIOD: first semester (end of October to December)

VENUE: Aula Magna of the Collegio Ghislieri

SCHEDULE: a total of six meetings held on Fridays from 21 October (2.30-6.30 pm)

STRUCTURE OF THE LESSONS: The lessons consist of four parts each, organised as follows:

  • 14.30-15.30: frontal lesson
  • 15.30-16.15: meeting with the guest
  • 16.15-16.30 approx.: break
  • 16.30-18.30: exercises


The course is aimed at an audience of students with no age or faculty limit, interested in learning various techniques for using words and one’s own image in order to associate the professional context in which one is placed with the correct way of presenting oneself. This will be further explored through the interventions of various experts invited to offer their testimony.

The aim is in fact to provide an overview of all the situations in which particular attention is required to the different types of language – body, verbal, graphic-visual – to be adopted taking into account the possible recipients.

The part of the lessons devoted to exercises is intended to encourage the immediate putting into practice of the notions, in order to make it easier to repeat the same approach in similar work situations.


Each lesson will revolve around a specific topic:

  1. “Writing well”: from e-mails to dissertations
  2. “Speaking clearly”: from meetings to toasts
  3. “Presenting yourself, not showing off”: on television, in videocalls etc.
  4. “Making yourself known”: Zen and the art of social maintenance
  5. “Getting respect”: at conferences and congresses
  6. “Getting hired’: strategies in job interviews

OTHER INFORMATION: In order to obtain a badge at the end of the course, attendance is required for the six scheduled lessons. They will be held in presence; remote connection will not be possible. The maximum number of participants is 150.

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    The holder of this badge has obtained CFUs related to a course issued by the University of Pavia, in which he/she acquired the soft skills to improve his/her storytelling techniques.

    The course is one of the courses on offer at the University of Pavia, introduced to improve the soft skills that the labour market of today and the near future will increasingly demand, regardless of the faculty attended at university. This is a free-choice course that badge holders may also include in their university study plan, subject to the regulations of the course they are enrolled in.

    Not only in one’s private life, but also and above all in one’s working life, most of one’s time is spent exchanging stories. This is done by those who, at the end of the day, tell a family member what happened to them, or listen to them. But often it is also done by someone who wants to convince a work group to embrace a project, a manager who wants to illustrate the potential of a new product, a colleague who simply seeks the solidarity of another colleague. That is why it is important to learn to tell the best story we can: stories transcend individual data, make them come alive, strengthen our position.

    The course therefore aims to make the students who attend it more aware, and thus more effective, storytellers. Starting with the written form, but knowing at the same time that if you learn to structure your narrative better on the page, you will also have more authority when speaking off the cuff.

    The course consists of 24 hours of face-to-face activities and practical exercises, contributing to the achievement of 3 CFU. It is delivered in Italian.

    The course programme covers the following areas, among others:

    • Who am I talking to? The protagonist of a story is always who receives it: the tone.
    • In and out of my universe: choosing narrative material.
    • In the details lies not the devil, but the possibility of being believed.
    • Invent as the oyster does, from the grain of sand to the pearl.
    • The value of punctuation, including emoticons.