Key competences

Definition: The sum of skills (basic skills and new basic skills) needed to live in contemporary knowledge society. In its recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning, the European Commission sets out the eight key competences: communication in the mother tongue; communication in foreign languages; competence in maths and basic competences in science and technology; digital competence; learning to learn; social and civic competences; sense of initiative and entrepreneurship; cultural awareness and expression.

Source: Skills Panorama Glossary, Cedefop, European Union.


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