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During March 8, 9 and 10, 2021 in Valencia, Spain, preliminary results of the TA VIE project were presented at the 15th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED). INTED is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists, and professionals from the educational sector. After 15 years, it has become a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries will get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and innovations on educational technology.


Paper presented:

I. Ortiz-Marcos1, L.I. Ballesteros-Sánchez1, V. Breuker2, A. Hernández Bayo1, R. Rodríguez-Rivero1
1Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
2Universitá di Milán (ITALY)  


The global world requires an essential emphasis on sustainability regarding productivity and industrialization processes, all the more with current environmental issues—water supply, deforestation, climate change—as well as sanitary issues like COVID-19, which permeate throughout and threaten all global activity. The development of the TA VIE project presented here stemmed from an international collaboration of five European HEI institutions in Spain, Italy, France, Sweden and Hungry. The TA VIE project has shown that companies understand the relevance of global competencies and young professionals should improve in those competencies. Companies in the five national contexts participating in the project argue that engineers should deploy these competencies to follow market trajectories and face current challenges. As a result of the first intellectual output of the project a framework of global competencies for engineers was published. Now, in this second part of the project, we are ready to share how to measure these competencies with engineering students using an innovative approach. In this paper the result of scenarios designed to measure global competencies is presented.  

Keywords: Global competence, Competence Assessment, Scenario approach, International experience, Engineering.

A Framework of Global Competence for Engineers: The Need for a Sustainable World

News: we want to share with the entire TA VIE community that a research article (open access) has recently been published within the framework of the development of the project, with the aim of disseminating the preliminary results of the project as well as the most outstanding findings of the early stages.

We hope this research article is of interest to you!


This paper presents the results of the first part of the Tools for Enhancing and Assessing the Value of International Experience for Engineers (TA VIE) project, launched in 2018, and outlines a contemporary understanding of global competence for engineers, as understood by European engineering companies. Striving to make engineering education more comprehensively aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and thereby meeting demands from industry and society, the notion of “global competence” has attracted more and more attention from engineering schools. While there is no universally agreed on definition of global competence, the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) definition, which explicitly combines global awareness and intercultural communication competence with sustainability efforts, seems potentially well positioned to inform higher education institutions’ (HEI) global competence education. This is perhaps especially so when it comes to international student mobility, an area which is regularly seen as an important means to enhance global competence while all too often being assessed not in terms of qualitative student development, but in terms of structural indicators. However, in order to assess and improve curricula and mobility programs, the desired learning outcomes must first be specified. Based on research in five European countries (Spain, Italy, Sweden, France and Hungary), this paper details the understanding, requirements and perceived skill gaps of companies hiring engineering graduates, a first step towards improved and assessable global competence education for engineering students.

Keywords: global competence; internationalization; engineering profession; qualitative research; European comparison

Sustainability 202012(22), 9568;

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Press release: How to strength our Competencies through international experience

Have you ever wondered how international mobility affects your professional career, or how these opportunities for learning reasons stimulate and enrich your personal life? Here we tell you the latest European initiative to respond to these and other challenges.

 Through the Erasmus + program Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in partnership with the universities: Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Budapesti Muszaki es Gazdasagtudomanyi Egyetem, and Universita Degli Studi di Trento, launch the research project Tools for Enhancing and Assessing the Value of International Experience for Engineers (TA VIE). An interesting proposal that will help you to plan and lead your future, undertake new challenges and face the complexity that the current labor market poses to you.

The European Commission has been at the forefront of public policy initiatives in addressing the New Skills Agenda. Nowadays, not only technical skills are needed but also a type of boundary spanning ability, boundary spanning being the ability to communicate across disciplines, systems and cultures, as well as self-knowledge.

When analyzing which tools may help to shape professionals with these skills internationalisation gets an important role. The only known way to strength these competences is to participate in multidisciplinary project teams working on problems that have no known solutions. Considering multicultural teams and international projects enrich this experience, strengthening competences today needed.

The Project TA VIE will help to identify those competences currently essential to work in a multidisciplinary and international context and to measure them. With the joint of those competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) as a whole, we will obtain the so called Global Competence.

We assume that some skills and attitudes dramatically improve in a positive way after an international mobility. Therefore, in order to make the best of international mobility, it should be designed accordingly and its results should be assessed by all those target groups (HEIs, students, employers) involved in the implementation of TA VIE.

Reaching TA VIE objectives will contribute to curricula development with high-quality skills. The implementation of a tool kit for assessing and measuring the achievement of those skills that make up global competence will clearly improve the transparency in recognition of skills.

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Kick-off meeting – Madrid!

The last Tuesday 16th October, the kick-off meeting of the TA VIE project was held in Madrid. In the official presentation of the project, the respresentatives of each partner institution were present. The agenda of the event was marked by the presentation of the project management plan and the exhibition of each of the intellectual opouts that are expected from the project.

And, of course, it could not miss a photographic record of the event with the project team!