Impact of Erasmus mobility for study on the development of Tuning Europe generic competences, as assessed by outgoing and incoming students in a large university: a revealing analysis

  • Luigi F. Donà dalle Rose University of Padova, Italy
Keywords: generic competences, competence development, Erasmus exchange mobility, student self-assessment, country effects


We explore on the basis of a simple survey tool the perceived impact of the Erasmus mobility experience on the improvement of the thirty generic competences of the Tuning Europe list. We rely on a self-assessment procedure, i.e. on data collected by the Erasmus Office of the University of Padova, Italy, through end-of-stay questionnaires, as returned by both outgoing and incoming Erasmus students. Processed data yield the percentage number of ticks, by which a given competence was chosen by the answering samples. We introduce a quantity “importance of improvement”, which measures the perceived degree of development of a given generic competence during the mobility experience and allows a consistent comparison among different samples. On this basis, we can order the thirty competences according to decreasing perceived importance of improvement in the two above samples. From a general point of view, Erasmus students perceive the most important improvement in instrumental competences. We can then carry out meaningful comparisons between the profiles of competences’ improvement of outgoing and incoming students, both in qualitative and in quantitative terms. Such a comparison reveals interesting features linked to the academic and human environments of mobile students. A further step in the analysis describes how country effects give more insight into the previous results. In such a context, we analyze the country impact on each given competence for both outgoing (visiting the country) and incoming (from the country) students, on the country subgroup  competences’ profile and on the exchange of competences, which occurs between paired country subgroups.

Published online: 23 December 2015


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Author Biography

Luigi F. Donà dalle Rose, University of Padova, Italy

“Laurea in Fisica” from the University of Padova, Italy (1964). He taught there since 1970 till 2011, being appointed as a professor in Theoretical Physics in 1980. He taught Statistical Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Many Body Theory, Quantum Physics. His research activities cover mainly: band theory of metals, quantum electron gas, heat transients by ultra-short laser pulses, solid-liquid metal interface. Since 1995, he took interest In Physics education. From 1990 until 2015, professor Donà dalle Rose was Delegate and later Consultant of the Rector for European Student Mobility at the University of Padova, being also actively committed at grass-root level in Erasmus exchanges and other European projects, among these latter as a participant in CoRe2 and as coordinator of EMQT-Erasmus Mobility Quality Tools. He was cofounder and member of the Steering Committee of the Socrates TNP-Thematic Network Project for Physics and member of the Coimbra Group Executive Board 2007-2013. He was also a member of the Management Committee of the Tuning project and co-Chair of the Tuning Physics Subject Area Group (2000-2008) in Europe. He was a member and expert of the Italian Team of Bologna experts along its duration (2004-2013). Mail:


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How to Cite
Donà dalle Rose, Luigi F. 2015. “Impact of Erasmus Mobility for Study on the Development of Tuning Europe Generic Competences, As Assessed by Outgoing and Incoming Students in a Large University: A Revealing Analysis”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 3 (1), 57-98.

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