European project : DecisionShip Ahoy!

DAhoy project is an Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership to support Innovation. Its name should be understood as “DecisionShip Ahoy!”, a reference to A. G. Bell, the Scottish-born scientist who patented the first telephone and originally suggested 'Ahoy' as the standard greeting when answering a call.

"Good Decisions at Right Times"

A 3 year project !

From september 2017 to August 2020

Its purpose is to investigate innovative educational ideas around Decision Making, with a view to:

- deeply reinforcing Decision Making skills for renewed and rejuvenated integrative educational programmes in Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education & Training (VET),

- promoting the internal exploitation and intensive dissemination of such framework, for continuous development of HE and VET practices.


The nature and dynamics of change creates unpredictability in the European society. Professional life environments are more than ever Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA). This context makes decisions even more strategically critical. Entrepreneurship and Leadership skills have been extensively investigated during the last decade to meet EU Modernisation Agenda strategies It is now time to explore “Decisionship”.

Decision is not only about knowledge, it is also about skills. Whether they are to act as experts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) or other fields, future Decision Makers should also be specifically prepared to making decisions in VUCA environments. This is the responsibility of HE and VET institutions: training future graduates, through a transversal skills approach, in Decisionship, so that they are able to turn knowledge into skills, and provide the best professional answer when faced with VUCA circumstances.

The first innovative aspect of DAhoy is to support the coherent inclusion of active and engaging pedagogical models. The second is to investigate Decision Making as a transversal skill, in association with three complementary dimensions:

  • Math-based Decision Making, with rationality;
  • Social-based Decision Making, including people’s interdependencies and social identities;
  • Career-based Decision Making, to better choose owns career path.

Through an exchanges of best practices, DAhoy seeks (i) to share and confront HE educational innovations, practices and methods, in light of professional needs, (ii) to catalyse the engagement of learners with innovative courses, integrated in existing but evolving programmes, through novel educational initiatives, (iii) to develop and disseminate tools for assessment of such skills, via the learning outcomes approach, and (iv) to assesses their quality and achievements. DAhoy exploits and complements prior EU and national project results (FP7, H2020, LLP, Erasmus+ KA2, or French-like ANR) to create inclusive, active and experiential pedagogies for Decision Making skills, so as to render education systems more accessible and attractive.

DAhoy aims at defining and evaluating innovative Teaching and Learning activities to be integrated in educational frameworks at a systemic level, in line with the Bologna processes and quality assurance purposes, as ENQA and EQAVET recommendations for accreditation and quality enhancement. It will output 3 guides, a Youtube channel, several publications and conference presentations, which include:

1. a taxonomy of Decision skills requirements and unified learning outcomes syllabus;

2. innovative models and kits for Decision skill training, transferable in many educational fields;

3. a D-SKILLS Framework, continuously integrative for programmes renewal.



7 European partners

The DAhoy partnership has a complementary expertise in Decision and specific expertise in HE and VET educational development. Including a national qualification framework partner, DAhoy promotes solutions for the recognition of competency acquired through innovative courses. As a horizontal priority, DAhoy makes it possible to respond to the achievement of transversal high skills and relevant competences, in line with ET 2020 strategic objectives "Enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship" and "Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training".

DAhoy coordinating institution:

drapeau%20francais.PNG  IMT Atlantique Bretagne Pays de la Loire
  Project coordinator: A/Prof. S. Rouvrais


European Partners :

drapeau%20francais.PNG  Ecole navale

Drapeau%20Belgique.PNG  FREREF (Fondation des Régions Européennes pour la Recherche, l'Education et la Formation)

drapeau%20ecossais.PNG  City of Glasgow College

drapeau%20ecossais.PNG  SCQFP (Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework Partnership)

drapeau%20RU.PNG   Reykjavik University

Drapeau%20Espagnol.PNG  FUEIB (Fundacio Universita Empresa De Les Illes Balears)



Publications :

  • Interdisciplinarité en situations VUCA.

Waldeck R., Gaultier Le Bris S.and Rouvrais S.
Submitted to an ISTE book, "méthodologies pour les sciences sociales" series, "méthodes et interdisciplinarité" theme, Winter 2018.

  • Méthodologie d’apprentissage en situations VUCA.

Gaultier Le Bris S.,Rouvrais, S., and Waldeck R.
Submitted to an ISTE book, "méthodologies pour les sciences sociales" series, "méthodes et interdisciplinarité" theme, Winter 2018.

  • Engineering Students Ready for a VUCA World? A Design based Research on Decisionship.

Rouvrais, S., Gaultier Le Bris, S., and Stewart M.

In Proceedings of the 14th International CDIO Conference,pages 872--881, KIT, Kanazawa, Japan, June-July, 2018. With talk.

  • Challenging Engineering Students with Uncertainty in a VUCA Situation.

Audunsson, H., Fridgeirsson, T. V., and Saemundsdottir I.
In  Proceedings  of  the  14th  International  CDIO  Conference,  KIT, Kanazawa, Japan, June-July, 2018

  • Fiabilité organisationnelle et capacités de décision en situations complexes.

Gaultier Le Bris, S. and Rouvrais, S.

In French, Ecole thématique Rochebrune 2018 : « Systèmes Complexes Artificiels & Naturels ». January 2018, France. With talk.

  • Think first job! Preferences and expectations of engineering students in a French ‘Grande Ecole’.

Gerwel Proches C., Chelin N. , and Rouvrais S.

EJEE European Journal of Engineering Education, Engineering Education Research in Europe – coming of age. Pages 309-325, volume 43, Issue 2, 2018.

  • Compétences de prise de décision développées par et pour les situations

complexes et incertaines. Gaultier Le Bris, S. and Rouvrais, S.
In French, Ingenium Colloquium "Discernement et procédure dans la formation et l'activité de l'ingénieur", CNAM-Chaire UNESCO, 7th December 2017, Paris, France. With talk.

  • Decision Making Skills in Engineering Education.

Gaultier Le Bris, S., Rouvrais, S., Vikingur Fridgeirsson, T., Tudela Villalonga, L, and Waldeck R.
In Proceedings of the 45th SEFI 2017 Conference "Education Excellence For Sustainable Development", Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal.18-21 September 2017. With talk.