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DARE+ is a project supported by the Action 2 – Strategic Partnership initiative of the Erasmus + programme.

The main objective of DARE+ is to make an analytical approach on generic competences, their acquisition and their assessment. The seven competences chosen for their centrality to personal development in higher education are communication, leadership, teamwork, conflict transformation, project development & management, intercultural competence and social entrepreneurship. 

The focal point of DARE+ is a closer examination of generic competences, their acquisition in informal and non-formal settings and their assessment and recognition in higher education. 

Generic competences, as defined by Tuning, are those that are considered relevant for all higher education graduates, regardless of the specialization they have chosen.
The aims of the project were to:

  1. give greater value to the learning that occurs outside the classroom and contribute towards recognition of competences developed in non-formal context;
  2. propose means to further improve the existing initiatives in order to make full use of the possibilities for developing competences these initiatives offer;
  3. help students become conscious of the competences they develop thanks to participating in such initiatives;
  4. help educators (and other stakeholders) learn about initiatives already implemented elsewhere and build on others’ experience.


  • University of Granada
  • University of Deusto
  • University of Padova
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Uppsala University
  • University of Groningen
  • EDIW
  • Coimbra Group