Summer School
Future Skills for Engineers
On-Campus:14.8 - 25.8.20233 ECTS

max. 24 participants
Registration Deadline: July 17th, 2023

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TU Berlin Summer & Winter School
+49 30 4472 0230


We live in times of rapid changes. Digital technologies and artificial intelligence will become more and more important in the world of work. Traditional job profiles are disappearing, new profiles emerging. New forms of interaction and knowledge production are effecting almost all areas of life. Whereas technical knowledge and experience might be digitalized to a great extend, for decades to come - hopefully - no computer or robot can be as creative, intuitive and empathetic as a human being. These non-technical skills are also referred to as future skills or 21st century skills. Needless to mention that we live in the 21st century and in many ways future is already now. Future skills like adaptability, creativity, tolerance of ambiguity or mindfulness ave always been helpful in communicating and working together. On the other hand they are usually not explicitely taught at (technical) universities, so during this course we will focus on those in a learning-by-doing-approach. After a short introduction to the research field of future skills we will dedicate each day to one or two future skills and practise or re-learn them together. At some points will also include concepts and wisdom from non-European contexts.

Learning Goals & Syllabus

Learning Goals:

During this course students will 

  • gain an overview about key changes and trends in society impacting our lives and future challenges at the workplace
  • increase their self-awareness by assessing their own future skills, analysing their potentials and exploring how to train them
  • understand their own values, communication style and thought patterns
  • learn to better deal with complexities, adapt to uncertain situations and thus be equipped for the workplace of the future

Main course components

  • key topics: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence with a special focus on Cultural Diversity
  • excursion to Futurium
  • learning formats: interactive, experience-based exercises, group discussion, small group work, self-reflection, theoretical impulses, tools for practice, moderated exchange of experiences


A detailed syllabus with information on the schedule will be made available to registered participants.
You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home university whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course and participants will be expected to attend lectures (18 hours of class per week) and complete independent study Monday through Friday. Additional study may also be required on weekends. The activities of the cultural program are also shown in the syllabus.

Target Audience

All students who want to reflect, improve and train their soft skills while having a fun and hands-on learning experience. 


Participants of the TU Berlin Summer School must meet the following requirements: (i) B2 level English, or equivalent and (ii) at least one year of university experience.

Furthermore, participants should be

  • ready to reflect on own behavior, values, identity and communication (peer-learning approach)
  • willing to collaborate and exchange with other students in class (interactive)
  • happy to explore rather unconventional learning methods (interdisciplinary, experiential, learning by doing)

Ulrike Zillmer-Tantan, M.A. holds a degree in Applied Cultural Sciences (Leuphana University Lüneburg). Based in Berlin, she currently manages two EU research projects at Technical University Berlin, one on integrating migrant women into the labour market, one on citizen's participation in the European Green Deal. She has a broad international experience, having lived in four different parts of the world so far, working with international students and staff for over fifteen years and teaching seminars for students at several universities in Germany and abroad. (

Course fees

Course fees for Future Skills for Engineers are as follows:

  • Student: 950 Euro
  • Working professional/Non-student: 1140 Euro

The early bird discount is available for all participants until March 1st 2023.

Please note that students will be required to upload proof of their student status (student card/ enrollment information) during the registration process.

Summer School On-Campus:14 August - 25 August, 20233 ECTS credit points