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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.
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.
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.
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 living.
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.
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.