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Revista número 12

Thirty years training experts in translation and language sciences

Number 12 - May 2023

This year, the Pompeu Fabra University Faculty of Translation and Language Sciences is turning thirty. And it is doing so in the midst of a technological upheaval sparked, in large part, by the revolution in artificial intelligence (AI) and the emergence of applications such as ChatGPT, based on natural language technology. 

What does it mean to work in translation and interpreting or linguistics today? What fields can languages be applied in? Thirty years of growth and evolution allow us to grasp not only how teaching, research and knowledge transfer in this field have changed, but the entire university. 

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Revista número 11

Once UPF, always UPF!

Number 11 - November 2022

University students should not have to wait until their first day of class to begin their journey. Nor should that journey end the day they dress up to celebrate their graduation. Rather than beginning and ending, it is, like energy, a journey that transforms.

Once you are part of the UPF community, you never stop being a member. And this sense of belonging has to be nurtured before classes even start, nor can it cease to be cultivated once the corresponding studies are over.

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Revista número 10

Knowledge transfer: a key strategic line for the coming years

Number 10 - May 2022

Pompeu Fabra University is a public university. One of its main missions – in addition to promoting quality teaching and top-level research – is for the knowledge it generates to directly benefit society in order to boost our country’s competitiveness and enhance the population’s wellbeing.

To this end, through the creation of the brand new Office of the Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer, the university is promoting a specific plan of measures to strengthen knowledge transfer to society. The measures are grouped into four main areas: valorizing research transfer; fostering entrepreneurship; connecting private- and public-sector players with the university; and promoting knowledge dissemination.

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Revista número 9

Firmly committed to artificial intelligence (AI)

Number 9 - October 2021

Although the goal of endowing machines with human-like intelligence has been around for more than half a century, it was not until the last decade that we have witnessed a real boom in applications, due to improvements in neural networks, advances in supercomputing, and the availability of big data.

In this context, Catalonia is one of the world’s best positioned regions, thanks to the confluence of technological advances and a robust and mature research and development system in terms of digital technologies. Testimony to this is Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will be creating a new centre in Barcelona dedicated to research and development in AI applications.

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Revista número 8

The University as a focus of culture

Number 8 - June 2021

One of UPF’s founding characteristics is its respect for and devotion to cultural values and humanism. This distinctive trait, which has been nurtured and strengthened by each new governing team, has naturally given rise to the ambitious UPF Culture Programme, which includes the impressive historical heritage accumulated to date and adds a new twist to further promote it amongst the university community.

Committed to social transformation beyond the university’s walls, the programme is a project created from, by and for the university community that also reaches out to the wider world. One of its goal is to build a network of joint efforts with other institutions, bodies, companies and individual movements to create and promote culture. Ultimately, it seeks to make UPF a porous institution, capable of letting the creative gene in and out with total freedom, wherever it may come from.

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Revista número 7

The internationalization of higher education, under debate

Number 7 - October 2020

For some time now, since well before the emergence of Covid-19, universities and international organizations have been reflecting on how the internationalization of higher education should evolve. At the 2017 Gothenburg Summit, the European Council noted that the education landscape was rapidly changing and laid the groundwork for the creation of future ‘European Universities’.

Aware of the challenge, UPF sought to play an active role in these changes from the outset; hence, its firm and successful commitment to forming the EUTOPIA alliance with five other universities (Ljubljana, Gothenburg, Warwick, CY Paris and Vrije University Brussels). The alliance was launched in December 2019 with the aim of building a true shared space, a new higher education institution of a transnational nature within Europe.

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Revista número 5

An unexpected shock

Number 6 - May 2020

Nobody predicted the magnitude of everything that has happened. Less than 90 days went by from the detection of the first case of Covid-19 in the world, in mid-December, to the closure of the campuses at UPF and the other Catalan universities on 13 March. Less than three months for a virus initially viewed as not particularly aggressive to spread unchecked around the planet, forcing billions into lockdown.

Less than three months to learn a single truth: the world will not be the same in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. That is the one thing we know for sure. The questions concerning exactly how it will affect the social, economic and cultural aspects of humanity are myriad and daunting.

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Revista número 5

Society evolves, and so do universities

Number 5 - Setember 2019

UPF is working to define its own education model to respond to these new knowledge and learning challenges, a model that reflects its singularity as an educational institution and addresses the needs of tomorrow’s professionals, companies and social agents.

Hence, the creation of EDvolution, a transformative model that provides students with a global vision that equips them to tackle the professions of the future autonomously and proactively. A model that produces highly qualified professionals for society, in both the theoretical and practical ambits, professionals with a high level of technological literacy and excellent communication skills. And a model that also calls upon teachers, dramatically changing their role. It is necessary to leave the one-directional nature of knowledge transmission behind, because, today, not only is learning student-centred, knowledge creation is too.

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Revista número 4

University and gender equality: commitment to social transformation

Number 4 - May 2019

The #MeToo movement, started in the United States to denounce situations of sexual assault or abuse of women, or the #onsónlesdones (#wherearethewomen) campaign, launched in Catalonia to denounce women’s invisibility in public opinion forums such as the media, are two of the most recent phenomena to underscore current gender problems.

Universities are no strangers to the inertias that drive society, both for good and evil, and they have a duty to combat this unfair situation. The gender perspective has come to stay at universities. Because an equal university will also be one that is better quality, more democratic and more radically committed to social transformation.

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Revista número 3

UPF looks to become a world leader in defence of the concept of Planetary Wellbeing

Number 3 - October 2018

UPF is launching an ambitious international programme to generate and transmit new knowledge related to the notion of Planetary Wellbeing.

Over the last century, mankind has made great progress in improving wellbeing in society; but this has come at the cost of an exploitation of our natural resources at an unprecedented rate, and, in addition, has brought about unacceptable inequalities in terms of people’s health and standard of livi class="btn-color"ng.

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Revista número 2

Barcelona and UPF: a Symbiotic Relationship that Feeds on Progress

Number 2 - May 2018

Pompeu Fabra is a public and modern university with three campuses, all located in the centre of the city of Barcelona. The strong drive of the first rector, Enric Argullol, to create an urban institution implied returning to a more traditional university model, in line with that of continental Europe, and locating the university in the middle of the city.

The University’s commitment to the city is clearly reflected in its influence on its urban context. The campuses have favoured the rehabilitation of different neighbourhoods and spaces in Barcelona, with carefully studied interventions that give particular focus to the existing architecture, ensuring the preservation of the city’s heritage.

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Revista número 1

Committed to society

Number 1 - October 2017

Research and innovation are essential drivers of progress and social welfare, but they are not exempt from creating new risks and ethical dilemmas that affect us all.

UPF is committed to a cross-disciplinary model of responsible research and innovation (RRI) within the framework of the university’s social responsibility policy. This model includes, amongst other things, a commitment to gender mainstreaming, ethical responsibility, open access, science education, and community engagement.

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