Open Lecture: Problem Solving Techniques


Problem Solving Techniques was the fundamental topic of the lecture held at the Cyprus University of Technology on October 15th, 2014 by Valentina Toumaniou, member of the CyHRMA.

The lecture took place in the context of employment skills development workshops which was co-organised by the CyHRMA, Cyprus University of Technology, the Professional Development & Counselling Centre (KESEA) and the Limassol Europe Direct where an approximate number of 60 student, alumni, young unemployed and Limassol citizens participated.

The aim was to foster to the participants the methodology of problem solving techniques; help everyone to understand and release themselves from old patterns of thinking and motivate then to use creativity as a way to reach out, define and ultimately resolve a problem. Participants were asked to respond to how they perceive concepts such as problems, "out of the box" solutions and creativity. With reference to real case scenarios that were solved in a creative manner, the importance of creativity in problem solving became evident. The speaker identified the factors that make us limit ourselves to solutions “inside the box” and clearly explained that a necessary effort is required to change the angle in which we see situations and problems that we are trying to identify possible solutions to. The purpose of this change is to help everyone to think beyond the expected and ultimately choose a creative solution to any problem they might encounter.

With the completion of the lecture, the appropriate time was given to the young participants to submit questions and express their views on the specific topic.

The same presentation was conducted at the University of Cyprus on the 26th of November 2014 by Mrs Valentina Toumaniou.

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Photos taken on the 15th of October 2014

Photos taken on the 26th of November 2014