Developing a Key Competences Model for University Postgraduate Programmes


CREA - Confederación de Empresarios de Aragón, Zaragoza, SPAIN



Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

Fundación General Universidad de Granada-Empresa

Name of the organisation, English translation

General Foundation-University of Granada Company


Name of the practice, original language

Developing a Key Competences Model for University Postgraduate Programmes



Description of the practice

The European project PROPOUND aims to encourage dialogue and cooperation between universities and employers on the design of innovative curricular strategies and tools in university postgraduate programmes that respond to labour market needs and promote the development, assessment and certification of key skills of the graduates benefiting from these programmes.


The project was carried out by eight partners that will develop, apply and test a methodology for development and assessment of key skills for employability, to the postgraduate programmes of five European universities and higher education foundations in partners´ countries. This methodology will help to prove how and to what extend students acquire these skills through their courses and/or internships. Perspectives and requirements of employers are included.

Policy context

Global situation nowadays makes workers essential to answer labour market trends. It is especially important for university students that have not previous experience in the labour market and that do not have the means to know which are the adequate skills that can make the difference to access to the labour market.

Labour market context

The dialogue and cooperation between university community and business sector can help university students to acquire the right skills before their first contact with the labour market, and therefore to improve their employability. Avoiding therefore lost of time and efforts, and making the labour market more efficient.


  • Designing and developing a methodology for development and assessment of key competences for employability, to the postgraduate programmes of five European universities and higher education foundations in project countries.
  • Applying the methodology.
  • Designing transferable models of development and implementation of skills that includes the perspectives and requirements of employers, to be introduced into postgraduate academic programmes.
  • Experimentation and validation of the models.


Management and operation

The project is carried out by a partnership of 8 partners from different European countries, which coordinate project activities in their countries.

Target groups/beneficiaries

First, postgraduate students that have tested the methodology. Universities and higher education institutions are also target users. And finally, those companies participating in the project that will be able to identify the skills they need.

Start date

10 Jan 2011

End date (actual or planned)

09 Mar 2013

Gender dimension

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Products involved in or resulting from the practice

  • Catalogue of Methodologies for the development and assessment of key competences.
  • Adaptability and Transfer Dossier for university postgraduate programmes.
  • Action Plan for Curricular Reform of postgraduate programmes based on systems of key competences.


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Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

The project was designed to have an impact on restructuring and improvement of postgraduate programmes, encouraging  students to acquire not only the specialized knowledge of their disciplines, but also the key competences that will allow them to adapt to the changing needs of labour markets and to improve their employability opportunities.

Source of funding

Other European funding, please specify, Other sources, please specify

Main responsible body, type

University/Research centre

Role of implementing body

Coordinator project and promoter

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors

Fundación General UGR-Empresa (Spain), Scienter CID (Spain), Stiching Hoger Onderwijs Nederland-Hogeschool Inholland (The Netherlands), Foundazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Scienter SOC. CONS. a RL (Italy), Cambridge Professional Development (United Kingdom), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Sihtasutus Kutsekoda (Estonia).

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?

Yes, internal evaluation, Yes, external evaluation


Target group(s)

Not targeted, Job changers


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People seeking training

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B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

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B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

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Micro and SMEs’ procedures

Identification of needed skills

B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

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Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.4 Contracting out

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B.5 Partnership

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SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

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D.1 - Evidence of results

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D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

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D.4 - Impact

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D.5 - Innovation

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D.6 - Broad-based participation

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D.7 - Sustainability

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D.8 - Mainstreaming

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D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

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D.10 - Additional comments

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