The Tuning Methodology and Philosophy

One of the main parts of the EU-SATURN programme is right in the name! The Tuning part of the EU-SATURN (EUropean - South African programme in TUning for Regional Needs in higher education) is a comprehensive system of higher education that is aimed at improving educational quality in Europe and around the world.

Tuning as an approach was an outcome of the Bologna Process to reform higher education in Europe and its current methods are significant for anyone wishing to continue their education in Europe. The primary aim and function of Tuning is to restructure degree programmes with intent to effectively prepare students for their future role in society.

The Tuning methodology has been tested in projects in Latin America, Russia and the USA by a large group of universityes and their academics. The methodology requires involving all stakeholders, especially students, academics, alumni and potential employers, in the process of designing study programmes. This also ensures that the institutions remain autonomous and that there is a diversity of study programmes on all levels.

What does this mean for me?

According to the Tuning philosophy, not only subject-specific knowledge, understanding and skills are considerd as an integral part of educational programmes, but also generic competences and abilities should be trained and developed, too. Relevant competences in this respect include, for example:

  • abstract thinking ability
  • analysis and synthesis
  • practical application of knowledge
  • criticism and self-critique
  • rational decision making
  • teamwork
  • entrepreneurship
  • motivational and persuasive techniques
  • leadership

As a result of their participation in the Tuning projects, the European universities involved in this project are very much aware of the importance of EU intitiatives such as the Youth on the Move and the "new skills for new jobs/ better skills for better jobs" agenda.