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  • 16.01.2018

    During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences will be commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the School of Teachers that constituted the beginning of this Faculty, as well as of the University. The main event in the commemoration will take place on the 18 May in the Atlàntida theatre in Vic, with an interactive show that will highlight the history of the School and the values of education. Officially named the Jaume Balmes University School of Teachers, the centre was opened on 4 October 1977 with the aim of "contributing to lifelong education, education integrated in the world and integrating that world, and education as the heritage of everyone," in the words of the first director of the School, Salvador Reguant, during the opening ceremony in the first academic year in the Column Room in Vic City Hall. The school began with 150 students, who were divided into three groups - two in the morning and one in the afternoon, and 17 lecturers. In 1997, when the University of Vic received recognition from the Parliament of Catalonia, the centre became the Faculty of Education, and later it became the Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences, as it is known today. Its directors have included Salvador Reguant, Ricard Torrents, Josep Tió, Antoni Tort, Assumpta Fargas, Francesc Codina, Pere Pujolàs, Joan Soler and the current dean, Eduard Ramírez. Around 5,000 graduates and about 250 lecturers have passed through its classrooms. The Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences is now the faculty that accounts for the most students in the University as a whole. There are a total of 1,570 students registered on 7 bachelor's degree programmes, which is 36% of the total number of students at the UVic. The Faculty offers degree courses in Pre-School Teaching, Primary School Teaching, a double bachelor's degree in Pre-School Teaching and Primary School Teaching with a mention in English; Physical Activity and Sports Sciences; Social Education and Psychology. It also offers Translation, Interpreting and Applied Languages, with the Open University of Catalonia, in addition to 7 official master's degrees. A year full of celebrations Various events have taken place throughout the academic year to commemorate the past 40 years. The first took place on 4 October, with the lecture by Ricard Torrents on "The university option (in Vic): between reality and utopia." A Wikimarathon was organised on 10 October in order to update the content of the Faculty on the Internet, while in late November the retirement lessons of ex-dean and former rector Assumpta Fargas, and Ramon Sitjà took place. Other activities have included the exhibitions "L?art de jugar" [The art of play], which exhibited the work done by the students on the subject "Art and play" and "Guerra, èxode i exili a la literatura infantil" [War, exodus and exile in children's literature], curated by the lecturers M. Carme Bernal and Carme Rubio. This year, the presentation of the book on the Fourth Catalan Teaching Symposium is scheduled for 14 February and the central event in the commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the School of Teachers will take place on 18 May at the Atlàntida Theatre, concluding the celebrations. An interactive geolocation map has just been launched to obtain an image of where teaching professionals who trained in Vic are working, in order to see the impact that the School has had on the country. The arrival of the Teaching course in the city of Vic in 1977, affiliated to the University of Barcelona, represented the restoration of the city's university tradition, which dates back to the tenth century with the Cathedral School and subsequently, to the General Study or Literary University, which was open until 1717. The Nursing School was incorporated into the university in 1981, followed five years later by the Osona University School of Business Studies, forming the University Studies of Vic, which would incorporate the Polytechnic University School of Osona in 1989.  

  • 16.01.2018

    This January, the Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences will begin a new practicum project in the Gambia. On 20 January, seven students from the Faculty (4 from the Psychology degree course, 2 from Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and 1 from Social Education) will travel to the sub-Saharan country to spend between one month and two months there. The students will visit the University of Gambia, the Ministry of Education and various projects in the country's capital, Banjul, and then travel to Jali, a small village in the interior, in the Kiang West region, where they will undertake teaching practice at several schools. The objectives of the practicum are to find out about and participate in the Gambian educational system, to engage in community projects in the village of Jali, and to live within and adapt to a new culture. The practicum falls within the framework of the agreement between the UVic-UCC and the Abaraka Bake Sant Julià de Vilatorta-Jali association.  

  • 18.12.2017

    Jaume Giró, the general manager of the 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation, and the president of the Foundation for Advanced Health Sciences Studies (FESS), Josep Arimany, with the rector of the University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), Jordi Montaña, and the president of the Board of Trustees of the Balmes University Foundation (FUB) and the mayor of Vic, Anna Erra, have presented the new partnership agreement to promote research by the new Faculty of Medicine, and the implementation of its network of laboratories throughout the first year of the bachelor's degree in Medicine. Arimany explained that "in the 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation, the Faculty of Medicine has found the partner it needs to achieve excellence in teaching and research. We want to train the doctors of the future and this agreement allows us to take a giant step towards achieving this." Meanwhile, the general manager of the 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation, Jaume Giró, said that "our involvement in the FESS reaffirms the commitment by the 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation to the search for solutions to some of the health problems that affect a large part of society. Investing in research is one of our institution's priorities, as it is one of the keys to generating progress and wealth in societies." At the cutting edge in digital anatomy: multitouch screens and 3D images As a result of this agreement, the Faculty of Medicine of the UVic-UCC has become the first in Spain to have a 3D anatomical display table in the human anatomy laboratory. The SECTRA table, which is used in more than 40 centres worldwide, is an educational tool for teaching and research in studies in the Health Sciences branch, and has extensive multidisciplinary application in all fields, in both basic research and in clinical areas. SECTRA is a software package that works using images of real clinical cases that can be viewed in 3D. This system enables students, residents and professionals in the healthcare and clinical network in central Catalonia to have a more accurate vision of the anatomy of the human body, and the functions and processes that take place within it. The table includes a digital anatomical atlas which allows virtual dissections to be used for teaching purposes and by professionals, since doctors wishing to do so can transfer their own cases to the digital dissection table to improve diagnosis and treatment. Donations to science and for the benefit of society The 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation has also been a partner in the design and construction of the Laboratories of Histology and Pathological Anatomy, Microbiology, and Human Anatomy and Osteology. The latter works with real bodies thanks to voluntary donations from society, and will enable future healthcare professionals to train and conduct research in various fields for the benefit of society. Professionals who are doing their doctorate and forensic doctors can also do research in this area. The bones of donors will also be catalogued here to improve subsequent research. Ageing and chronicity and the fight against AIDS - the key areas in the Bachelor's degree course With this agreement, the Faculty of Medicine will have cutting-edge research facilities for carrying out research in the areas of ageing and chronicity, the fight against AIDS, new technologies adapted to health and health management and education. These are knowledge areas in which the UVic-UCC has expertise through its chairs of the field of health sciences: the chairs in Palliative Care, AIDS, ICT Health, Social Services and Bioethics. The Faculty is based at Can Baumann, at Carretera de Roda, number 70, in Vic. It currently occupies an area of 2,700 square metres spread over three floors. The top floor is occupied by the offices of administrative and teaching staff, the second floor by multipurpose classrooms and study areas, and the dissection laboratory where the anatomical digital dissection table has been installed is on the ground floor. The UVic-UCC Faculty of Medicine has 87 students registered for this first academic year.

  • 05.12.2017

    In order to move towards a quality, multilingual UVic website, this week a new version of the contents has been started up in English. From now on, the pages are grouped to enable users to browse exclusively in this language. Access to the renovated portal is entirely via the home page. The main novelty is that the English space has its own entity and allows users to browse entirely in English, therefore reducing the chance of landing on untranslated pages. Up to now it was only possible to access the English version from pages in Catalan or Spanish, and not everything was translated. This version of the website basically includes contents of interest to the international audience, such as information on the institution, the studies that can be done, university life, the international campus and the search for transfer of knowledge. There is also a section for news and agenda. In the coming two weeks, you may find some problem with the website while the last checks are being made. Sarah Khan will be coordinating the contents of the English version of the website. The French and Chinese contents of the UVic website will continue to operate as before.

  • 28.11.2017

    The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) is the leading private university in Spain in terms of voluntary transparency, by means of its Transparency portal. Those are the findings published in the Transparency Report produced by the Commitment and Transparency Foundation for 2016. The UVic-UCC achieves the maximum score since it complies with all of the 27 indicators in the report, including wage issues, governance agreements, financial information, employability results, academic results, and strategic aspects. This year, the Foundation has taken into consideration that the UVic-UCC has published its academic results on the portal for the first time, which is what has made it Spain's only private university that meets all the transparency requirements. It is followed by the University of Nebrija, which complies with 22 of the 27 points, and the University of Navarre, which complies with 21. As for the Catalan private universities, the International University of Catalonia (UIC) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) comply with 16 of the 27 points, and fall within the "translucent" band. Among the public universities, the University of Cantabria is highest in the ranking and also obtains the highest score. Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is the most transparent Catalan university, obtaining 26 of the 27 points in the assessment. It is followed on 23 points by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). The transparency report 2016 examines voluntary transparency on the website of Spain's 49 public universities and 26 private universities. In the ranking of compliance, universities are classified into three distinct groups: the "transparent" universities, which comply with 20 of the 27 indicators examined, including financial statements and the audit report, "translucent" universities, which comply with at least 15 indicators, and "opaque" universities, which obtain less than 15 points.

  • 24.11.2017

    The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) has seen an increase in the number of newly registered students on official courses by 9% for the 2017-18 academic year. This is about 3% more students than the same figure for the last academic year. Total registrations for these bachelor's degree programmes at the UVic, UManresa, official master's degrees and doctoral courses at the UVic-UCC, the Professional Campus, and student numbers on the bachelor's degree course in Translation, Interpreting and Applied Languages offered jointly by the UVic and the Open University of Catalonia, and the affiliated centres at the BAU, EADA and ESERP have increased by 12% compared to last year. Those are the registration figures for the 2017-2018 academic year that the rector of the UVic-UCC, Jordi Montaña, presented at a press conference with a lunch format this afternoon, at the UVic's tasting laboratory. According to Montaña, this year's growth is "especially significant if we take into account the drop in the overall demand for university places, and shows that the new courses we offer have proven to be attractive." As a result, he said that registration for this 2017-2018 academic year, the third year with joint registration as the UVic-UCC, "provides grounds for optimism about the consolidation of the knowledge space in central Catalonia." The first year of Medicine is under way Eighty-seven students have registered in this first academic year, of which 86% are from the Catalan Countries and Andorra, while the rest come from elsewhere in Spain and abroad. 75% are women and the remaining 25% are men, and they all were admitted to the course through the public university entrance application system. According to the director general of the Foundation for Advanced Health Sciences Studies (FESS), Joan Guanyabens, they are "extremely satisfied with the beginning of the course," and with the students and teaching staff that have joined the project. He also announced that the anatomical dissection laboratory will be up and running by the end of the year, which will enable the body bequest service to cover central Catalonia. University master's degrees expand as a result of the courses offered. Apart from the bachelor's degree in Medicine, Montaña also highlighted the increase in registrations for the university master's degrees offered by the UVic-UCC. This growth is due above all to the consolidation of some of the educational training courses, including the master's degree in the Montessori Method of Teaching for children aged 0 to 6 years old (the only one in Spain to have received international recognition from the Montessori Association), and the course on Innovation in Specific Didactics and the high levels of registration for new master's degrees including Improvement of Pre-School Teaching and Primary Education. This is a pilot project carried out with the Catalan Ministry of Education and the Open University of Catalonia, in which 95 teachers in central Catalonia are being trained to foster the professional development of teaching staff and focus their work in the classroom on learning experiences based on the students' real circumstances. Meanwhile, the scientific field has seen the consolidation of the master's degree in Omic Data Analysis, and in the field of health, the master's degree in Palliative Care for People with Advanced Illnesses has filled all its places, as it does every year. The UVic Campus This year the UVic has 1,059 students - 12 fewer than the previous year. This decline, which is less marked than last year's, is for two reasons. First, there is the voluntary restriction on newly admitted students to the Physiotherapy degree course, which began last year to ensure thorough student care and pedagogical oversight. Second, five degree courses are coming to an end this year, and are no longer admitting new students. However, this has been offset by the high levels of registration for the courses in Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Psychology, Nursing and the new Automotive Engineering course, on which all the places have been filled. This latter degree course, which is being taught for the first time this year, is being taken by 42 students and is taught at the Granollers campus. The number of first preference registrations was 79% - a figure very similar to the 80% achieved last year. When broken down by faculty, the Faculty of Education, Translation and Humanities (FETCH) accounts for 35% of the total number of new registrations, without taking into account the degree course in Translation, Interpretation and Applied Languages, which has the most new students registered. Registration in the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences has increased by 22%, and all the places have been filled, as have those on the Psychology and Social Education courses. The Faculty of Business and Communication Studies (FEC) accounts for 15% of new registrations, with an increase of 44% in registrations for BAM studies. The Faculty of Health Sciences and Welfare (FCSB) accounts for 31% of the overall figure for new student registrations. All the places of the Physiotherapy and Nursing courses have been filled, and Human Nutrition and Dietetics continues the strong growth of last year, with 48 students registered. There are a large number of international students taking a degree course in this Faculty, although there are fewer than last year, and they mainly come from France. Finally, the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT) accounts for 19% of registrations of newly admitted students to the UVic - a higher percentage than a year ago, thanks to the sharp increase in registration for Multimedia and the success of the Automotive Engineering course, which has offset the decline in the overall demand for engineering courses. Profile of new students The majority of these new students at the UVic are women, who account for 57% compared to 43% who are men. Men are only in the majority in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology. In terms of geographical origin, 22% come from Osona, 14% from the Vallès Oriental, 9% from the Barcelonès and 6% from the Bages. As for means of access, a majority of students (53%) have completed university entrance examinations, but the number of students who are beginning a degree course after completing advanced level specific vocational training has increased slightly. The UManresa Campus A total of 484 new students have registered on the Manresa campus this year - 16.6% more than a year ago. This is the third consecutive year that the number of new admissions has increased, and this consolidates the trend towards growth which began with the federation of the UVic-UCC in 2014. The new additions increase the size of both faculties - both Health Sciences (which has 15% more students) and Social Sciences (with 28% more). Courses with high growth rates include the new blended degree in Speech Therapy, with an increase in new registrations of 93%; BAM, with 40%; and Nursing, with 28%. Podiatry and Physiotherapy are degree courses that appeal to international students. This year, newly admitted foreign students amount to 62% of the total numbers for Physiotherapy, and 30% for Podiatry. All the places on the first year courses in Physiotherapy and Nursing have been filled. UManresa has a total of 1,608 students registered on 6 study programmes and one combined degree for the 2017-2018 academic year - an increase of 8.7% compared to the previous year. The most significant growth in absolute terms has taken place on the Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy courses. In terms of each faculty, most of the students (87% of the total) are studying in the Health Sciences, while the Faculty of Social Sciences accounts for 13%. Profile of new students 71% of the new students registered at UManresa are women. Female students are in the majority on the degree courses in Speech Therapy (with 91% of women) and Pre-School Teaching (with 94%). Men are only a majority among the newly admitted students to BAM studies, where they account for 61%. In general, they have joined the University after higher secondary education and the university entrance examination (54%) or advanced level specific vocational training (24%). The exception to the rule is the new blended degree in Speech Therapy, on which 50% of students hold previous university degrees. Furthermore, in these courses, 70% of new students have decided to take the slow track, registering for less than 30 credits a year. 30% of the new students of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Manresa are from outside Spain, and have mainly decided to take courses in Physiotherapy and Podiatry. They mainly come from France, as well as from Italy and Andorra. There are also students from other autonomous regions in Spain. They are taking Health and Pre-School Teaching courses, and come from the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country, the Valencian Country, La Rioja, the Canary Islands, Andalucia, Castile and Aragon. UVic-UCC strategic projects During his presentation of the UVic-UCC's strategic projects, the director general of the Balmes University Foundation (FUBalmes) Joan Turró emphasised that the increase in registrations shows that "the federation is working well" and that it is becoming in a "regional university campus" in a healthy financial position. According to Turró, the institution's budgetary balance has permitted it "not to restrict growth and come out of the crisis with financial stability." The strategic commitments outlined by the director general included the digitalisation of the University, and he mentioned the 20,000 students who have registered on some of the 5 MOOCs offered by the UVic-UCC. The director general of the Bages University Foundation (FUBages), Valentí Martínez, gave details of the institution's strategic projects, including the commitment by the Manresa campus to simulation as a learning method, with a university master's degree in this field incorporating simulation as an activity on the degree course in Medicine, and the inclusion of simulation in all training activities and the establishment of the Chair for Simulation and Patient Safety. The Spanish Simulation and Patient Safety Society will be holding its Congress in Manresa in April. Martínez also announced that the Professional Campus will teach two new higher high level training cycles in the field of education and business management in Manresa, and he presented the new FUB3 building that extends the theoretical and practical training areas for the Health Sciences by almost 3,000 square metres, as part of them which are currently in the University Clinic will be adapted to accommodate simulation teaching on the Medicine degree course.