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  • 02.10.2017

    University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, Balmes University Foundation, the Staff Committee, union representatives and the Students Council have agreed to: - Suspend classes between 11:30am and 12:30am today (October 2nd 2017) so that university community members can attend the rally organised at 12pm in the Plaça Major in front of Vic City Council. - Stop all activities and close the University tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd October. These measures are an expression of our opposition to yesterday?s severe attacks against citizens and their right to freedom of speech. It also expresses our support towards all those people injured while peacefully defending ballot boxes, universal symbols of political harmony.

  • 08.06.2017

    University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia today invested Linda H. Aiken as a Doctor Honoris Causa. With this honorary doctorate, the University has recognised one of the leading figures in the world of nursing, who with her research has contributed to enhancing the prestige of the profession worldwide, assessing nurses' contribution to patients' recovery and quality of life, and to gaining recognition for their role in the smooth running of hospitals. In her acceptance speech, Dr Aiken said that "having the nursing staff needed to get good results in patients is cost effective because it avoids expensive complications." Aiken said that in general, managers and hospital officials replace qualified nurses with less highly trained professionals to cut costs, "whereas our research shows that this is not the outcome." The research carried out by Dr Aiken for more than three decades, which has been published in leading international scientific journals, shows that mortality 30 days after common surgical procedures increases by 7% for each additional patient added to a nurse's workload; and that for every 10% increase in graduate nurses, there is a fall in risk-adjusted mortality of 5-7%. That is why Aiken rounded off her speech by thanking UVic-UCC for its commitment to the profession, stating that "our nursing staff is a very important national asset, which we have to recruit wisely, and do everything we can to generate budget allocations so that our citizens can benefit from better health." The sponsor of the new doctor was the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Welfare, Paola Galbany, who emphasised Dr Aiken's tireless struggle to "give nurses an adequate workload for the good of their patients, as well as decent working conditions and treatment." The Laudatio was given by Dr Mireia Subirana, the ex-dean of the Faculty, who gave extensive details of Dr Aiken's career and research. "The work done by Dr Aiken and her team shows that improving nurses' working conditions improves the quality of patients' health," said Subirana, who also highlighted the fact that Dr Aiken focuses on how to change the organisational environment of health institutions to achieve better results. Subirana ended her speech by saying that this doctorate honoris causa "is recognition by UVic-UCC for the entire profession'" and that it "shows its commitment to supporting the advancement of nursing knowledge." In the institutional addresses, the first deputy mayor of Vic City Council and president of the Foundation for Advanced Health Sciences Studies, Dr Josep Arimany, highlighted the importance of nursing staff, saying that "these people are those who are closest to us at the most delicate times. They are by our side to help us, console us and to heal us." Finally, Jordi Montaña, rector of UVic-UCC, acknowledged Aiken's career and referred to the university community, noting that the distinction conferred on her today also aims to make "your knowledge and your drive to improve conditions in the nursing profession for the improved welfare of patients worldwide, reverberate among our students, our teaching staff and everyone who is part of this university." "This is the best university ceremony that I have ever been given" Around two hundred and fifty people attended Dr Aiken's investiture ceremony, which began promptly at 12 o'clock in the Aula Magna of the University. As tradition dictates, seventy UVic-UCC doctors entered the room in a procession, wearing the University's doctorate medal. During the ceremony, the Vic-born artist Marià Dinarès presented Dr Aiken with the original initium commemorating her doctorate honoris causa. Finally, the Emboirats of UVic castellers group completed a tower in honour of the new doctor. In her speech, Dr Aiken said "this is the best university ceremony that I have ever been given."  

  • 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.