Engineering by doing

Engineering by doing is the EUSS educational model that is framed within the pedagogy of work by competences and is based on the most suitable didactic activities, where projects and internships in companies take a leading role.


EUSS educational model: Engineering by doing

Engineering By Doing

Founded in 1994 by "Rinaldi Private Foundation”, EUSS (Escola Universitària Salesiana de Sarrià) is an engineering school driven by the aim of offering an effective response to the challenges of a rapidly and profoundly changing society.


EUSS was promoted by the Salesian Congregation arising from the Salesian Workshops Don Bosco founded in Sarrià in 1884. Those workshops were meant to help poor untrained young people who were unable to find a job in the emerging industrial society in Barcelona at the time. EUSS is the flagship of the Engineering by doing educational model inspired by Don Bosco's pedagogical experience. EUSS educational offer reflects his own Preventive System, which "si appoggia tutto sopra la ragione, la religione, y sopra la amorevolezza" - is all about reason, religion, and kindness -  as he himself wrote in 1877, thus creating a fully comprehensive educational project for young people, especially those in greatest difficulty. EUSS adapts it to the idiosyncrasies of the academic world and the local context by using the terms familiarity (amorevolezza), ingenuity (ragione), and sense (religione).

EUSS educational model is framed within the skills-based training pedagogy, and is developed on the basis of the most appropriate educational activities, where project work and internships in companies take a prominent role.


The four skills or competencies that must be the key pillars underlying education and life (learning to BE or personal competency, learning to LIVE TOGETHER or interpersonal competency, learning to DO or methodological competency, and learning to KNOW or technical competency) are the basis of the professional competencies required for the exercise of a given profession. EUSS emphasises the personal competency (learning to be) since it is from attitudes that we want to promote the acquisition of knowledge, as well as the use of procedures and skills suitable for identifying and meeting new challenges arising from future changes in context, profession, speciality, responsibility, location, etc.


The Engineering by Doing model, which is a distinctive feature of EUSS, is taken on board by each member of the school, is integrated into our dissemination programmes, and is subject to constant revision with the active participation of other actors in society.


Business Advisory Board

The EUSS has a Business Advisory Board with the aim of knowing from an external point of view the opinion, consensual and informed, on the different areas of our university educational activity, and where the industrial environment is evolving.

The Advisory Board is made up of a group of industry experts from all disciplines of the training programmes, and has a good balance between senior and young professionals, between representatives of SMEs and large companies, and some of them are EUSS graduates.

The council meets oncea  year, and so far it has dealt with topics such as: competence profile of the new degree programmes, professional orientation, the role of the engineer in our society, and a model of internships in companies in the area of business management.

Scholarships and reductions

As a centre that offers official degrees, our students can obtain reductions that are recognized by law:

  • Reductions recognized in the Decree of public prices of the Generalitat de Catalunya:
    • Students in the general or special category of large families
    • Students with a registered disability of 33% or more
    • Students who have obtained a distinction in High School
    • Students who are victims of acts of terrorism, their spouses and their children
    • Students who are victims of domestic violence
  • Ministry of Education general grants (GRAL): these scholarships are granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and in Catalonia are processed online through the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR).
  • Rinaldi Foundation Scholarships: For more information, see the following section.

Rinaldi Foundation scholarships


The Rinaldi Foundation offers each academic year four types of scholarships so that students who enrol in the Salesian University School of Sarrià can deal with the financing of a part of the cost of their studies.


Students who receive these aids can renew them each course as long as they meet the criteria established in their bases.


General description of our scholarships:

  • Collaboration scholarship: you will receive an amount to carry out 150 hours of collaboration tasks during the course in a department or service of the school.

  • Study grant: if you have a good academic performance, you can benefit from a direct discount on tuition fees (25% of the credit.)

  • Don Bosco scholarship: if you have studied in a Salesian school, you can apply for this scholarship that will allow you to study undergraduate studies at a public price, with the commitment to carry out 200 hours of collaborative tasks during the course in a department or service of the school.

  • Domènec Savio scholarship: if you have experience in activities of service to society, you can apply for this scholarship that will allow you to study undergraduate studies at a public price, with the commitment to perform 200 hours of collaborative tasks during the course within the Pastoral group.

Check the bases of our scholarships at the end of this page.