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  • 23.05.2017

    The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia will confer a doctorate honoris causa on Linda H. Aiken, after the proposal by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Welfare. Aiken is a world-renowned authority on research on health services and the causes and consequences of existing nursing structures, in both the United States and the rest of the world. The investiture ceremony will take place at 12 noon on Monday 29 May at the Aula Magna of UVic-UCC. The Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Welfare will be the sponsor of the doctorand, while the ex-dean and lecturer in the Faculty Mireia Subirana will give the Laudatio. A scholar of nursing Aiken was born in Florida in 1943, and is a nurse and holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas. She is currently the Clara M. Fagin leadership professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also teaches sociology and where she is the director of the Center of Health Outcomes and Policy Research. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and of the Royal College of Nursing in the United Kingdom - institutions which promote excellence in the practice and development of health policies. Aiken's research, with which she has gained worldwide recognition, has focused on the relationship between health services and the causes and consequences of existing nursing structures, in both the United States and around the world. Her research is pioneering in terms of demonstrating the impact of nursing as regards staffing and training on patient outcomes. She is co-director of Registered Nurse Forecasting (RN4CAST), a project with a budget of three million Euros funded by the European Union, which aims to improve planning and forecasting models for nurse's staffing levels; to study working conditions and the conditions in which nurses provide care, and patients' health outcomes; and to develop policies to regulate those models. The results of this study, which was carried out between 2009 and 2011 on a sample of 32,000 nurses in 500 hospitals in 14 countries on five continents, show that for each additional surgical patient added to a nurse's workload, mortality at 30 days increases by 7%, and that for every 10% increase in graduate nurses, mortality decreases proportionately. In another recent study, Dr Aiken's team has shown that better working conditions for nurses create higher value in care, and lower mortality rates with similar or lower costs for surgical patients at most risk. She also developed the Magnet Recognition Program®, a voluntary programme for hospital accreditation that provides recognition for high quality working environments for nurses, which means better results for the patient. The recommendation by the National Academy of Medicine in 2010 that 80% of American nurses have a nursing degree by 2020, and the decision of the European Parliament in 2013 to promote higher education for nursing staff in the European Union, are the result of her research. A global influence Linda H. Aiken is currently advising the China Medical Board on the creation of a network of eight nursing schools, and is also involved in the development of the university hospital of Dubai and is leading a national study on hospital care in the United Arab Emirates. She has also worked with the American Health Service Alliance International to improve health in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Her research career has received international recognition in the form of various awards, and she has also been invested with an honorary doctorate by the Universities of London King's College, Maryland, Florida and the State University of New York, Emory, Georgetown and Wisconsin. During her stay in Catalonia, she will also receive the highest award from the International Council of Nurses.

  • 22.05.2017

    Researchers in the SPARG (Sport Performance Analysis Research) research group at UVic-UCC, in collaboration with Ramon Llull University and the Joventut Badalona basketball team, have published an article that validates a protocol to prevent patellar tendinopathy, a very common condition in team sports, in the prestigious Strength and Conditioning Journal, published by the American National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The protocol shows how the use of various exercises, technologies and training regimes can prevent this condition in sports such as football, volleyball, handball and basketball, where it may affect up to 20% of practitioners, especially among male athletes. Patellar tendinopathy is a structural alteration of the tendon that connects the patella (kneecap) to the tibia. It is very common in sports involving jumping, acceleration, deceleration and sudden changes of direction. The most common cause is repetitive microtraumas on the extensor mechanism of the knee, and the most common symptom is pain in part of the tendon, accompanied by limited use of the knee joint. The protocol outlined by the SPARG research group is based on experimental research currently available. A practical proposal with different exercises and training methods has been developed after an extensive and systematic review of epidemiological studies on the prevention of injury in different types of sports equipment. These methods are backed by various international research studies, and aim to provide guidelines that can be applied at different times in the sports season. The reasons for the appearance of this condition are complex, and it does not affect all athletes to the same extent at all stages of the season or during their career. For this reason, the article highlights the fact that the prevalence of this condition is increasing in younger athletes, which is why prevention should start from the beginning of their intensive sports specialisation, which in Catalonia usually takes place at around 14 years old. The project was led by Dr Javier Peña, a member of the SPARG and the director of the Physical Activity and Sports Studies Centre (CEEAF) at UVic-UCC, with the doctors Ernest Baiget, Albert Altarriba, Antoni Caparrós, Xantal Borràs (SPARG) and in collaboration with Dr Bernat Buscà, lecturer at the Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences at Ramon Llull University, and Dr Daniel Moreno-Doutres, the head of physical preparation of Joventut Badalona. Although the article will be published in the June issue, it can already be consulted free of charge on the journal's website. Link to the website of the journal.  

  • 09.05.2017

    The twenty-five researchers involved in the "Beyond Text" Erasmus Plus project are holding an intensive first meeting at the UVic and in Barcelona from 9 to 19 May. The CODI research group led by the lecturer Eva Marichalar is a strategic part of this project led by the University of Chester, which aims to design and implement a higher training module with an arts-based research methodology, in both the field of research and in the field of professional practice. For ten days, the researchers from the United Kingdom (University of Chester), Finland (LUT and RAG), Estonia (University of Tartu), Palestine (Bethlehem University and Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Society) and Catalonia (UVic and La Nave Va) will meet to learn, share and exchange experiences on Research Based on the Arts (IBA) and the methodological aspects of the arts in any specialist field. The presentation ceremony took place this afternoon and was attended by the ?Vicerector of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Jordi Villà, and the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Translation and Humanities, Eduard Ramírez. The conclusions of the meeting will be presented on 19 May at a public event at the Fàbrica de Creació Fabra i Coats in Barcelona, where a range of activities and workshops related to the research and practice of the arts will also be presented. The "Beyond text" programme will run for three years and will be structured in different phases involving international meetings, 10-day conventions at the project's partner universities, publications and attendance at conferences. This first meeting in Vic and Barcelona will lay the foundations of what will eventually be the pilot programme of this training module. The next meeting will take place in the United Kingdom in 2018, where the definitive programme of the module and the last meeting will be specified, kicking off the last phase of the project, which will take place in Finland in 2019, where the module will be presented in e-book format. From that point on, the module can be taught at the universities wishing to do so.

  • 28.03.2017

    UVic-UCC will be attending the Saló de l?Ensenyament education fair with three new degree courses for the next academic year: Medicine, Automotive Engineering and Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy, with the latter two taught in Granollers. The Faculty of Medicine at UVic-UCC will focus on comprehensive and community training for doctors, one of the health areas with the highest demand, to meet the needs of the public. The syllabus incorporates innovative items from the pedagogical perspective, such as teaching based on resolving clinical cases, a focus on small groups, personalised teaching and internationalisation. The new faculty will be located in Vic and will have a teaching unit in Manresa. It will be private, self-funding and will have a system of grants to provide financial assistance for between 10% and 15% of the students, as well as an innovative loans system. Last October, the Inter-University Board of Catalonia (CIC) approved the inclusion of UVic-UCC's bachelor's degree in Medicine in the programme for the 2017-2018 university year. The project is now awaiting validation of the curriculum from the University Quality Agency (AQU) and for the Ministry of Education to grant the 90 places requested. UVic: Automotive Engineering and Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy The other new course at the UVic Campus for the next academic year is the three-year degree in Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy, which will be taught in Granollers. These studies will enable students to create technology-based companies, and will provide them with the skills necessary to join an established company that wants to refocus its business towards the digital sphere. The new degree course, which will be taught using PBL (Problem Based Learning) methodology, is supported by the Barcelona Tech cluster and Mobile World Capital Barcelona. The final new course is the degree in Automotive Engineering, which will also be taught at Granollers and which has been developed in collaboration with the Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia (CIAC). With a dual theoretical and practical orientation, its curriculum includes a combination of teaching periods at the University with long workplace internships in the automotive industry. This degree aims to train highly qualified professionals in the field of automotive engineering, who are specialised while simultaneously having a comprehensive overview of the sector and its trends, with special emphasis on industry 4.0. The degree will enable students to be digital engineers with skills in electric vehicles, autonomous driving and collaborative robotics. UVic will also be presenting the degree in Multimedia. Applications and Video Games with a completely updated curriculum, focusing on video games and mobile and website application development. Next year UVic will be offering a total of 25 bachelor's degrees and one combined degree. UManresa: new blended degree in Speech Therapy The main new course on the new UManresa campus is the blended learning degree course in Speech Therapy, leading to an inter-university degree from UVic-UCC and UOC. It will be taught in Catalan and Spanish, and will combine online teaching through the UOC virtual platform with face-to-face seminars at UManresa. The large amount of speech therapy that takes place at the University Clinic located on the campus means that students will come into contact with a large quantity and wide variety of voice, speech and language disorders. For the second consecutive year, it will also be offering the combined degree in Podiatry and Physiotherapy to enable students to obtain both qualifications in just five and a half years. Meanwhile, the Early Childhood Education course will feature the added value of the Lab 0_6, a centre of discovery and research for scientific education for younger children. This is a dynamic feature of the course, which promotes meaningful learning for students by enabling them to design and evaluate their own scientific educational activities in a real educational environment, and apply the theory explained in the classroom in a practical educational way. Students on the degree course in Business Administration and Management who received the grant-salary in companies will also be at the Saló de l?Ensenyament to discuss the advantages of taking these courses at UManresa. With the training track in two foreign languages, this is proving to be a exceptional means of access to the labour market.   Master's degrees and postgraduate studies UVic-UCC will be presenting its range of master's degrees, postgraduate studies and continuing education at the Saló Futura show, including training in various knowledge areas, at both the UVic and UManresa campus and the BAU affiliated centre. For next year, the UVic-UCC master's degree in Business Administration and Management (MBA) which is being offered for the third time, will have two options: the Vic-Manresa option, with 50% of the programme taught at the UVic campus and the other 50% at the UManresa campus; and the Granollers edition, taught entirely in Granollers. The UVic-UCC range of courses for the 2017-18 academic year includes 81 master's degrees, 18 of whom are official, and seven doctoral programmes. In the field of its own continuing education courses, with a strictly professional focus, UVic-UCC presents 52 postgraduate courses and specialisation diplomas, including the new master's degree in Promotion of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating, designed to educate and raise awareness about the importance of sport; and the second edition of the master's degree in Emergency Psychosocial and Humanitarian Care, with the Official College of Social Work, to train professionals in psychosocial interventions, in  order to work in crisis situations and scenarios with a heavy emotional impact. The UManresa range includes the university master's degree in Methodology of simulation applied to training of health and social sciences professionals, the master's degree in Neuroeducation (at both Manresa and Barcelona) and the postgraduate course in Human resources management and development. Professional University Campus Under the theme of Professional University Campus, UVic-UCC and UAB will be presenting their range of courses in high level training cycles at the same stand at the Saló de l?Ensenyament. Next year, these cycles will continue to be available in 3D Animation, Interactive Games and Environments and Multi-Platform Application Development, in Vic; Marketing and Advertising, in Granollers; and Processes and Quality in the Food Industry, in Olot. At the same time as the Saló de l?Ensenyament, the registration period for these cycles begins next week for future students to be make sure of their place. Meanwhile, another edition of the highly technical cycle in Dental Prosthetics taught at Manresa will be presented at the Saló. The extension of the cooperation agreement with the dental implants company Avinent has enabled a further step to be taken in the use of digital tools. Starting next year, students will be able to design dental structures at the Professional Campus facilities, and in cooperation with the company, follow the entire production process of a piece, from the design, to the manufacturing , production and finish. UVic-UCC celebrates 20th anniversary this year This academic year marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Vic (today University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia), which was approved unanimously by the Parliament of Catalonia on 21 May 1997. A series of commemorative events have been organised to commemorate this milestone, which will take place throughout the year. One of the greatest achievements of these twenty years has been the federation between the Balmes University Foundation, the institution which owns UVic, and the Bages University Foundation, to create University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia with campuses in Vic and Manresa.  

  • 28.03.2017

    The Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at UVic-UCC will be offering a new degree course in Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy in the 2017-18 academic year. This is the first three-year degree course (180 credits) at Uvic-UCC, and it is expected to be taught at Can Muntanyola, UVic-UCC's campus in Granollers. The degree course aims to train students to create technology-based start-ups, or to give them the necessary skills to join an established company that wants to focus its business on the digital sphere. The new degree course is aimed at a market that is strategic in terms of creating added value for the economy, because according to the Barcelona Tech City cluster, technology companies have a turnover of 6,000 million euros every year and provide 10,000 jobs in the Barcelona metropolitan area alone. Using Problem-Based Learning methodology, teaching in the new degree will be concentrated in the first eight weeks of each semester, and the remaining weeks will be devoted to supervised group work in order for students to undertake an entrepreneurial project. The aim is for every student to complete the degree course with their own entrepreneurial project. Some of the subjects on this degree course will be in English, including 25% of first-year subjects. Strategic immersion in innovative digital ecosystems will raise students? awareness of the opportunities offered by new growth markets, and the opportunities created by social networks and mobile communications. In addition to guiding students towards entrepreneurship, the new degree course also provides the tools to work in strategic consultancy, innovation management, marketing management 2.0, and information systems management, among other career opportunities. The UVic-UCC Degree in Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy will receive support and cooperation from the Barcelona Tech City cluster. UVic-UCC: A methodology that places the student at the centre of the learning process The Degree in Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy will be taught at the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at UVic-UCC, which has for some years been moving towards more collaborative forms of learning, in which students play a central role in their own learning process, through new technology and simulation activities. This methodology aims for students to develop skills in innovation, entrepreneurship, international activities, digitalisation, leadership and employability skills, which are those that are currently in demand from employers. Moreover, the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies also offers its students the opportunity for mobility abroad, by undertaking courses or internships. In addition, starting this academic year, it is launching a course in advanced skills for professional development, which will be offered free of charge to students in the final year of their degree course, to help them improve their communication, leadership and entrepreneurship skills. The Degree in Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy is Just one of the UVic-UCC courses in the field of business studies, together with the degree courses in Business Administration and Management, Marketing and Business Communication, and Advertising and Public Relations.

  • 28.03.2017

    UVic-UCC will offer the first Degree in Automotive Engineering in Catalonia in a sandwich course format in the 2017-2018 academic year. To do so, UVic-UCC has created a curriculum that involves a combination of teaching periods at the University with extended periods acquiring experience in workplaces in the automotive industry. According to the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT), Laura Dempere, "an integrated plan for in-company internships is essential for the training of future engineers, given the complexity of the automotive industry and all the processes involved in the construction of a vehicle." The course will be taught mainly at UVic-UCC's Granollers base, and students will keep in permanent contact with the companies and conditions in the sector from the first year onwards. Growing demand for highly qualified professionals The new degree course and its curriculum have been developed with the Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia (CIAC), which includes two car manufacturers and more than 170 enterprises in the automotive industry, and is a response to the sector's needs for highly qualified bachelor's degree level professionals to join the industry in the coming years. According to Dempere, "specialised engineers will be needed, but they must also have comprehensive knowledge of the sector and the trends within it." The Dean points out that "companies were involved in the design of the degree course, their current needs were considered while we continued to focus on the challenges that graduates will face in the companies of the future." In this context, "the degree course places special emphasis on the industry 4.0 paradigm, and on the future of driving in the emerging era of knowledge" and trains graduates to be "digital engineers with skills in electric vehicles, autonomous driving and collaborative robotics." In Catalonia, the automotive industry consists of a wide range of top level manufacturers and suppliers. Indeed, the CIAC anticipates a promising future for companies working in the field: in 2017 alone, it estimates a 4% increase in vehicle production and 6% in the manufacture of components. These figures will lead to the creation of 2,000 jobs over the year. However, specific training in automotion in Catalonia previously consisted of only two bachelor's and master's degrees. The increased demand for engineering graduates with specific training in automotion for the areas of R+D, design and engineering is backed by figures such as the fact that the R + D department at SEAT alone has more than 1,000 engineers, and the company hired more than 100 engineers in 2015, according to Jürgen Stackmann, former president of the company. At Ficosa, the number of engineers working at the Viladecavalls plant increased by 60% between 2013 and 2015, according to figures provided by its CEO Xavier Pujol. The trend is also evident in the fact that 97% of the vacancies filled in the same period were offered to university graduates, and the company plans to create 240 more jobs for engineers and technology professionals by 2019. A key feature of the degree course is its methodological innovation, which aims to foster contextualised learning, which is vital for maintaining a high level of motivation among students throughout their training. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) methods are used in instruction of all subjects in order to ensure that students graduate not only with consolidated technical expertise, but also having obtained key competencies in real projects, such as teamwork, leadership skills, proactivity, organisation of tasks and resource management. PBL also fosters ties with the business sector. The programme places special emphasis on international mobility, and a third of the programme will be taught in English. The Faculty of Science and Technology - engineering which meets the demands of the sector  The degree course also ties in perfectly with the other engineering courses now available at UVic-UCC, because it requires advanced and specialised knowledge of mechanics, electronics and programming, as well as management and innovation in industries and production processes. This link is particularly evident in the Degree in Mechatronics Engineering, the first in this field at a Spanish university, which has been offered at the Faculty of Science and Technology since 2009, when it was created at the request of the industries in the surrounding area and was designed in conjunction with them. "We must understand the degree in terms of how mechatronics and artificial intelligence are applied to the automotive industry, a very specific and complex sector in which all the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and the hyper-connected society converge," says Laura Dempere, who makes a comparison with the neurosciences as a highly multidisciplinary branch of knowledge, to explain this need for experts: "The car, like the brain, is a machine that is so complex that in order to obtain good results, the training required must be specific and unique, and take place at the intersection of areas that are broader in scope." The UVic-UCC Degree in Mechatronics Engineering is based on the conviction that "the syllabuses, requirements of the market and professional profiles that worked a decade ago have become obsolete and need radical transformation," says Laura Dempere. On one hand, "companies, especially SMEs, need multi-skilled, capable engineers, trained through educationally innovative techniques, who can deal with different project areas." On the other, "the most important field in mechatronics, as well as the professional horizon for graduates, is robotics, both in industry and in the emerging fields of services robotics, and civil, domestic, educational and entertainment applications." The two degree courses complement each other perfectly, and are a response to the very high demand from business for professionals in these fields.

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