Ethical Competencies and the Organizational Competency ‘Responsible University Social Innovation’: looking at new ways of understanding universities and the competency-based education model in the context of significant social changes in Latin America

Keywords: ethical competency, responsible university social innovation, Tuning Latin America Project, service learning, higher education


Ethical competencies are included in all competency-based education models and are considered essential for the professional preparation of students, especially in terms of their professional conduct and workplace preparedness. As such, the Tuning Academy, along with incorporating ethical competencies in its group of generic competencies, also considers the organizational competency Responsible University Social Innovation (RUSI) as part of its Tuning ALFA II Latin América project. This competency, in the area of organizational character, addresses innovation in the context of social responsibility, which it assumes each university should have, in terms of ethical responsibility toward the members of a community. This concept incorporates the equal relationship between the university’s internal community and civil society. By means of interviews with experts in the areas of service-learning, social responsibility, and ethical civil and professional education from the University of Deusto and the Zerbikas Foundation, this article discusses the connection and implementation of both generic ethical competencies and the RUSI organizational competency in higher education in order to respond to the new challenges to professional training in today’s world, all of which ultimately assumes a change in universities’ understandings of themselves as institutions and the role of higher education in general.

Published online: 31 May 2017


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Author Biography

Javier Villar Olaeta, University of Temuco, Chile

Professor at Catholic University of Temuco.


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How to Cite
Villar Olaeta, Javier. 2017. “Ethical Competencies and the Organizational Competency ‘Responsible University Social Innovation’: Looking at New Ways of Understanding Universities and the Competency-Based Education Model in the Context of Significant Social Changes in Latin America”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 4 (2), 311-32.