Tuning impact in Latin America: is there implementation beyond design?

  • Pablo Beneitone University of Deusto, Spain
  • Maria Yarosh University of Deusto, Spain
Keywords: impact study, implementation, project evaluation, Tuning, Latin America, Tuning Latin America, competence-based approach, student-centred approach


Deusto International Tuning Academy is undertaking a large-scale study to analyse the impact Tuning projects may have had in participating universities. More particularly, the study hopes to provide an unambiguous answer regarding the presence or absence of the implementation of a competence-based student-centred approach in the different world regions where Tuning projects have taken place. The present article focuses only on Latin America where two Tuning projects have been developed. It describes the findings of the first two stages of the study. After reporting the data, the authors argue that there is evidence of a Tuning impact in each of three intended impact domains: (1) understanding of the importance of a shift from content- to competence-based education; (2) provision of institutional support necessary to facilitate this change; and (3) appropriate teaching, learning and assessment within the general framework of the study plans and degree profiles.

Published online: 23 December 2015


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Author Biographies

Pablo Beneitone, University of Deusto, Spain

Director of Tuning Academy at the University of Deusto (Spain). During most of his professional and academic career since 1994 onwards, he has been responsible for managing international higher education projects at university and national level. At the University of Deusto he was Project Manager of Tuning Latin America and Tuning Africa, and was involved in other regional programmes, Russia, China, and Europe, supported by European Commission. He has published extensively on the ‘Tuning Methodology’ and given Tuning-related conference presentations in more than 25 countries. Mr. Beneitone holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations and a Master in International Cooperation from Universidad del Salvador (Argentine). His doctoral research focuses on the internationalisation of curriculum. To access the full CV, please copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.tuningjournal.org/cv/Pablo_Beneitone.pdf. Mail: pablo.beneitone@deusto.es

Maria Yarosh, University of Deusto, Spain

She works in the Research and Staff Development lines of the Tuning Academy at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain). Parallel to this, she participates in international education and research projects. Her collaboration with Tuning started with the preparation of the Tuning Russia project (2009). Maria Yarosh holds a Specialist degree in Linguistics and Translation from the Institute of Foreign Languages (St. Petersburg, Russia), an MA degree in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London (UK) and a PhD in Education from the University of Deusto (Spain). Mail: mariayarosh@deusto.es


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How to Cite
Beneitone, Pablo, and Maria Yarosh. 2015. “Tuning Impact in Latin America: Is There Implementation Beyond Design?”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 3 (1), 187-216. https://doi.org/10.18543/tjhe-3(1)-2015pp187-216.