The constrution of the European university of the future has focused the inauguration ceremony of the 2022-2023

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Roundtable discussion about the European university of the future

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Daniel Crespo, rector of the UPC

The inauguration ceremony of the UPC's 2022-2023 academic year has taken place on 28 September on the Terrassa Campus. The event has be attended by the Catalan minister for Universities and Research, Gemma Geis, the Mayor of Terrassa, Jordi Ballart, the chair of the UPC’s Board of Trustees, Montserrat Guàrdia, and the rector of the University, Daniel Crespo. Afterwards, there has been a roundtable focused on the construction of the European university of the future,

Sep 28, 2022

The inaugural ceremony of the new academic year, 2022-2023, at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), has taken place in the lecture hall of the Terrassa School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering (ESEIAAT) on Tuesday 28 September at 11.30 a.m.

The inaugural lecture has consist of a roundtable discussion entitled 'Unite!: shaping the future of the European university'. Moderated by the vice-rector for International Policy at the UPC, Lourdes Reig, the roundtable has included the participation of representatives of Unite!, an alliance forged in 2019 by leading technological universities in seven European countries and of which the UPC is a member. The members of the UPC community who are currently an active part of Unite! has also attended the event. The entire Unite! community is currently made up of nine universities that together have more than 280,000 students and around 80,000 bachelor's, master's and doctoral graduates per year

The event has been attended by the Catalan minister for Universities and Research, Gemma Geis, the Mayor of Terrassa, Jordi Ballart, the chair of the UPC’s Board of Trustees, Montserrat Guàrdia, and the rector of the University, Daniel Crespo, as well as its general secretary, Ana B. Cortinas, who has presented the annual report for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Once again, the inaugural event has act as the backdrop for the recognition of individuals, groups and teams linked to the UPC who have received awards in 2021, as well as featuring the award of the 25th UPC University Teaching Quality Award and the prize for the 19th Folder Competition. Music has been performed by the UPC choirs and orchestra.

Unite! 2.0: more universities and new projects
This year, the Unite! alliance will receive new funding from the European Commission to deploy key projects that will enable progress to be made towards the creation of a European Education Area by 2023.

From 20 to 21 September, a delegation led by the rector, Daniel Crespo, took part in the 6th Unite! Dialogue, which brought together representatives of the new universities in the alliance at the Politecnico di Torino, in Italy. During the sessions, the activities carried out during the pilot stages of the Erasmus+ and H2020 programmes (the latter is still in progress) were presented and the new projects to be developed were discussed.