Hochschule Aschaffenburg


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.

Kathrin’s Verkauf und Business Development Praktikum in Zhuhai

Angesiedelt am Pearl River Delta, Hongkong gegenĂŒberliegend, Zhongshan im Norden, Macau im SĂŒden und bekannt als die Chinesische Riviera, ist Zhuhai eine der lebendigsten StĂ€dte in ganz China. Derzeit wird eine  30 km lange BrĂŒcke mit zwei Richtungsfahrbahnen und jeweils 3 Spuren von Hongkong ĂŒber Zhuhai bis nach Macau gebaut, welche noch viel grĂ¶ĂŸere Tore fĂŒr die Zukunft von Zhuhai eröffnen wird.

Dennoch ist Zhuhai eine noch recht unbekannte Stadt unter EuropÀern, aber mit diesen Voraussetzungen wird Zhuhai mehr und mehr an  AttraktivitÀt gewinnen. Somit ist Zhuhai jetzt schon der perfekte Platz um sein Praktikum zu absolvieren, nicht nur um Einblicke in die chinesische Arbeitswelt zu erhalten sondern auch um das echte China zu erleben.

Um einen Einblick aus erster Hand zu bekommen, wie ein Praktikum in Zhuhai aussehen könnte, haben wir die Highlights aus dem Interview mit Kathrin Schmitt zusammengefasst. Kathrin studiert International Technical Trade Management, ist aus Deutschland, Salz und hat gerade erst vor kurzem ihr 5-monatiges Praktikum bei Electech beendet.


Kathrin Schmitt, Praktikantin bei Electech


IC TEAM: Beschreibe uns doch bitte den Vorgang  von deiner Bewerbung bis hin zur Zusage fĂŒr dein Praktikum.

Kathrin: Durch zwei Freunde die ebenfalls mit Hilfe von Internchina ihr Praktikum in China absolviert haben und darĂŒber einen Vortrag an unserer Hochschule gehalten haben bin ich letztendlich auf Internchina gestoßen. Das hat mein Interesse geweckt und nachdem ich mit Morgan Dolan [Zhuhai Office Managerin] Kontakt aufgenommen habe, bekam ich zwei VorschlĂ€ge fĂŒr ein mögliches Praktikum. Ich habe mich demnach fĂŒr Electech entschieden, da diese sehr international agieren. Daraus resultierte ein sehr entspanntes Skype-Interview mit Jessi, der Managerin des Oversea Sales Departments. Die Firma hatte bereits entschieden mich zu nehmen und so war es mehr oder minder nur ein gegenseitiges Kennenlernen, was sehr faszinierend war.


IC TEAM: Welche Aufgaben hast du innerhalb der Firma ĂŒbernommen? Warst du zustĂ€ndig fĂŒr grĂ¶ĂŸere Projekte?

Kathrin: Ich habe keine tĂ€glichen Aufgaben, sondern arbeite eher an grĂ¶ĂŸeren Projekten. Mir wurden Themen vorgegeben zu welchen ich recherchieren sollte, insbesondere Informationen zu Deutschland, Italien und Spanien. Mein Hauptprojekt bestand aus der Auflistung aller Haupt-EinzelhĂ€ndler in Deutschland wie zum Beispiel Obi. Gleichzeitig sammelte ich Informationen ĂŒber alle Wettbewerber und sammelte dies in einer umfangreichen Excel-Tabelle zur Weiterverwendung. Mein anderes grĂ¶ĂŸeres Projekt beinhaltete die ProdukteeinfĂŒhrung fĂŒr das deutsche Sales-Team.


IC TEAM: Nun aber auch einmal zu deinen Erfahrungen in Bezug auf das Land China. Wie hast du die chinesische KĂŒche erlebt?

Kathrin: Das Essen hier ist nicht vergleichbar mit der chinesischen KĂŒche in Deutschland und man hat hier in China eine weitaus grĂ¶ĂŸere Auswahl, was das Ganze zu einer ganz besonderen Erfahrung macht. Ich mag auch die Art des gemeinsamen Essens, indem man viele verschiedene Gerichte bestellt und gemeinsam von allem isst.


IC TEAM: Eine letzte Anmerkung?

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