Fontys University of Applied Sciences


Pagoda Skills Courses


In line with our core value of inclusivity, we want to help improve the intercultural fluency, digital competency and employability of every student and recent graduate. We don’t want money to be a barrier, so our courses are available at whatever price you can afford.

We’ve designed these fun and engaging online courses for students who are looking to enhance their future prospects. Each course is flexible enough to plan around your busy lifestyle, take them at your own pace and in your own time!



This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and society. There will be a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing the individual’s cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:





By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed their knowledge of intercultural communication and how they can improve management of these
  • Understand how to adapt this knowledge into the real working world through business-scenario case studies

This course aims to improve employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify their current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer their skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout their working life.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:


By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to their skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand the skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and making the most of the LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to their advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course is designed to equip all students and recent graduates with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide learners with the skills needed to identify their current skillset, recognise the skills they’re lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified their strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.



Click ‘register now’ and complete the short registration form, log in to your profile and click each course to buy access on a Pay What You Can basis.


Complete each course in your own time, saving any progress you make throughout the course.


Once you’ve completed a specific course from the range, you will automatically be sent a Pagoda certificate of completion for you to share on your LinkedIn profile and save for future use!


What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of student and recent graduate’ current skillset with the fundamental elements needed to improve their ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic business world.

The skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability and Digital Competency. We believe this framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a global and ever-changing workplace, preparing them with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international work-group or team, tackle the job market with awareness, preparation and confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ once they enter the workplace.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a LinkedIn-ready certificate is provided following each completed course.

Why are these courses important?

Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this would allow them to achieve both the first and second most important values when attaining employment. For non-placement learners, these courses may be integrated into course projects or their own self-development actions, allowing the learner to practice their new skills in real-time.

Anna’s InternChina Office Internship in Qingdao


My name is Anna and I’m from Germany. I’m the new marketing intern at the InternChina office in Qingdao.  I’m currently pursuing International Marketing studies in the Netherlands, which I really enjoy! I decided to do an internship in China because I’m always up to something different and I wanted to see for myself what China is all about.

I haven’t been in Qingdao very long…only starting my second week! So far I would describe my experience as being  “yin and yang”. There are many good things that I really appreciate and there are also some things that are not my cup of tea, but still worth the experience!

My journey to China began in Düsseldorf. After an 18-hour flight I finally arrived in Qingdao and was greeted by my lovely colleague Amber. The temperature in the city is around 35 degrees in August. Everybody who knows what the weather in Germany is like could be a little overwhelmed by such high temperatures. Lucky me, I live in an apartment with air conditioning!


InternChina - Anna
InternChina – Anna

On my first day, I went out for authentic Chinese food. After ordering something I could not understand I hoped for the best and got a nice and delicious fish menu for less than 5€. As I don’t speak any Chinese yet, ordering food in a typical Chinese restaurant isn’t easy and you must be very creative. Not many Chinese people speak English around here, which makes communication very hard at times. This is the “yin” part for me.

On the “yang” side, there are also many very nice and extraordinary things I discovered. For example: the adoration for the western look. If you have ever wanted to feel like a celebrity, China is a good place to go! The way people look at you and observe things you do is quite funny. Many want to take pictures of you or with you and some daring people even ask for an autograph! For some, mainly Chinese tourists from the countryside, it’s the first time they see someone from a different country and not just on a billboard!

InternChina - Yin Yang
InternChina – Yin Yang

Qingdao is a very beautiful city next to the sea with many Western influenced cafés and restaurants. Walking along the promenade at night is a must-do. You can enjoy the beautiful Qingdao skyline, listen to live music and buy some souvenirs at the cute little beach stands.

InternChina - Evening
InternChina – Evening

I would really recommend doing an internship in Qingdao. It’s a very Western influenced city that has still kept it’s old Chinese culture. You will never forget the many different experiences and impressions you will gain while here. Although I know I could not live in China my whole life, I’m confident that I will have a wonderful time meeting new people from all around the world, gaining really nice working experience in a foreign business environment and being immersed in a very different lifestyle!

If an internship in China seems fitting to you, apply here!