Questionnaires for academics

Questionnaire on generic skills for enterprise
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Please specify the area relevant to the enterprise sector wich you are refering:

In a previous research, conducted by the TUNING team, the 17 competences and skills listed below have been considered as most important for the professional development of university graduates, both by graduates and by the companies that employ them. The above mentioned research was made for other fields than those relevant for the enterprise sector.

Our team intends to expand the research to the fields relevant for enterprises, in order to obtain a panoramic view of the way that European higher education prepares graduates in these fields for the world of work.

Please rank these 17 competences in order of importance according to your opinion (1 being the most important and 17 the least important).

It is vital that you rank ALL 17 and that you do not give any competences equal ranking.


Please, use drag & drop to rank the following abilities in the order of their importance.


General Competences
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciation of diversity and multiculturality
  • Basic knowledge of the field of study
  • Basic knowledge of the profession
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis
  • Capacity for applying knowledge in practice
  • Capacity for generating new ideas (creativity)
  • Capacity to adapt to new situations
  • Capacity to learn
  • Critical and self-critical abilities
  • Decision-making
  • Elementary computing skills (word processing, database, other utilities)
  • Ethical commitment
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of a foreign language
  • Oral and written communication in your native language
  • Research skills
Add here any comment you consider useful for the research:



Questionnaire on specific competences for enterprise


Below are presented a series of competences specific to your area. For each of them we would ask you to do two things:

a) Indicate how important you think it is that a student should acquire the competence in his/her education for the First Cycle (undergraduate) as defined in the Bologna process. Please use the values 1 to 4 according to the following key:

    1. = None,
    2. = Weak,
    3. = Considerable,
    4. = Strong.


b) Indicate how important you think it is that a student should acquire the competence in his/her education for the Second Cycle (postgraduate) as defined in the Bologna process. Please use the values 1 to 4 according to the following key:

    1. = None,
    2. = Weak,
    3. = Considerable,
    4. = Strong.
Nr. Specific Competences

Importance for First Cycle (undergraduate)

Importance for Second Cycle (postgraduate)
1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and other sciences
2. Systemic approach of specific problems
3. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve specific problems
4. Analysis of requirements and establishment of technical specifications for project development (e.g. requirements for materials, energy, efficiency, functional characteristics, technologies, etc.)
5. Ability to analyze and establish the project quality requirements
6. Ability to analyze and establish the energy saving measures
7. Ability to analyze and establish the health and safety measures
8. Basic knowledge of the design of technical systems (e.g. to know functional principles, modelling methods, calculus methods, etc.)
9. Ability to carry out  functional design tasks for technical systems (e.g. system structure, process modelling)
10. Ability to carry out  detailed conception (e.g. tasks for technical systems - detailed design of system components)
11. Ability to carry out operational tasks (e.g.for technical systems - to establish manufacturing methods, technologies, flow chart, tools and equipment, etc.)
12. Basic knowledge of the main technologies in the field (e.g. conventional technologies, non conventional technologies, nanotechnologies, etc.)
13. Ability to carry out process planning (e.g. to implement the manufacturing flowchart)
14. Ability to design tools and quality control instruments suited to the project
15. Basic knowledge of logistics in the field (e.g. row materials, equipment, energy required by the manufacturing process)
16. Understand existent and new technology and its impact for new / future markets
17. Basic knowledge about eco labelling and legislation (e.g. to know the national and international regulations and procedures on environmental requirements, etc.)
18. Basic knowledge about recycling, disposal and impact on the environment)
19. Ability to apply the life cycle analysis for a product (e.g. environmental impact, life cycle evaluation)
20. Knowledge and ability to carry out maintenance tasks after project completion (e.g. maintenance and reliability principles and methods, planning)
21. Basic knowledge about modelling, simulation, and  analysis tools of processes and systems (e.g. methods, software, procedures)
22. Ability to carry out  modelling, simulation, and  analysis of technical systems (e.g. to simulate processes under different operating  regimes, to model and analyse technical systems)
23. Ability to create real prototypes and design experiments in a virtual environment using professional software
24. Knowledge of measurement methods (e.g. direct methods, indirect methods, procedures for data acquisition, processing, and storing, etc.)
25. Knowledge of metrological standards in the field
26. Ability to apply measurement knowledge for system operation monitoring (e.g. to build measurement schema, on-line monitoring, to control system functional parameters)
27. Ability to design and implement maintenance schedules
28. Knowledge of the major aspects of enterprise terminology - nomenclature, conventions and units
29. Knowledge of specific programming languages or software
30. Design and implement information systems for enterprises
31. Information technology skills (e.g. word processing and spreadsheet use, data logging and storage, etc.)
32. Managing a technical system by planning and controlling by use of concepts, methods and tools (e.g. Strategy design and implementation, benchmarking, TQM, etc.)
33. Understand the principles of management and link them with enterprise and business knowledge (e.g. operations management, project management, information technology)
34. Knowledge of legislation in the field and ability to link to business / management / technical knowledge
35. Understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical responsibility in enteprise
36. Ability to recognise and analyse novel problems and plan strategies for their solution
37. Critically analyzing, synthesizing and summarizing information, including prior research
38. Receiving and responding to a variety of information sources (e.g. textual, numerical, verbal, graphical)
39. Preparing, processing, interpreting and presenting data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and packages (e.g. statistics, Power Point)
40. Skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of information and data (e.g. writing  reports, making presentations)
41. Skills in presenting scientific material and arguments in writing and orally, to an informed audience
42. Understand organisations and how they function
43. Other - specify ... (feel free to add new competencies)
44. Other - specify ... (feel free to add new competencies)


Questionnaire on practical skills in enterprises

Questionnaire for graduates, employers and academics
This questionnaire presents a series of questions related to the skills and competences that result from the practical placement of the students. Please answer all the questions. Please select the appropriate / best option in each case.
Please, select the option in the corresponding box using the mouse of your computer.

Please use the following scale:

1 = none; 2 = weak; 3 = considerable; 4 = strong.


Level to which developed by University Degree
1. Capacity to understand technical documentation in the relevant area of competence
2. Understanding of the enterprises workflow
3. Understanding and use of the enterprise work standards and discipline.
4. Skills to perform elementary practical tasks required in order to achieve the practical placement project (i.e. operating, computing, measuring etc)
5. Knowledge and use of health, safety and environment regulations in the practical placement project
6. Understanding of the job requirements in terms of work performance
7. Ability to use the professional terminology
8. Ability to use the company-specific language and acronyms
9. Capacity to understand and act according to the organizational culture, history and traditions
10. Knowledge of the organizational goals and values
11. Understanding of the organizational power structures and of the formal and informal relationships
12. Ability to establish successful and satisfying relationships with the organizational members
13. Skills of self-directed learning and information research in order to solve practical problems
    Other – specify… (feel free to add new competences)

Other – specify… (feel free to add new competences)

16. Please insert here any comment you consider useful on the tutoring system during the practical placement:

17. Please insert here any comment you consider useful on the evaluation of the practical placement involved by the studies:

Nr. Quality evaluation issues for the current practical stages in your country
18. Do you feel that the practical placement during the studies is adequate in terms of objectives?
19. Do you feel that the practical placement during the studies is adequate in terms of content?
20. How would you rate the formative value of tutoring during the practical placement?
21. What is the total length of the practical placement during the studies of first cycle in your field?
22. The length of the practical placement is
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