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UPC protocol for emergencies and international alerts

The Governing Council of the UPC has approved by Agreement of April 5, 2022 the UPC Protocol for emergencies and international alerts to respond to situations in which it is necessary to adopt urgent measures that have a direct impact on the university community.

This protocol will be applied in the case of emergencies that take place in international territory and in the case of emergencies that affect any member of the university community (students and teaching and technical staff)in a situation of international mobility studies, internships, teaching, research, training or collaboration), as well as people from the international community who are staying at our university (mobility, teaching, research, internships, studies, training or collaboration).

The document establishes a typology of risks that can become emergencies and defines two bodies within the institution that will coordinate the emergency situations that might occur: the UPC International Emergencies Commission (CEI) and the Technical Committee for International Emergencies (CTEI).

Refugee Reception Program

On the other hand, the aforementioned Agreement includes an annex with the Refugee Reception Program, which is the extension of Agreement no. 2017/05/08 of the Governing Council approving the admission of refugees in undergraduate and master's studies, and tuition fees waivers.

The objective of this program is to welcome people who have had to leave their country due to armed conflicts, as well as other contexts of emergency or persecution, offering university training.

The coordination of the activities related to the reception of refugees at the UPC will be assumed by the vice-rector’s offices responsible for Academic Policy, Teaching and Students, International Policy and Social Responsibility and Equality. The UPC Center for Development Cooperation is identified as the unit responsible for managing this call.

The program wants to offer refugees help with integration and normality in daily life while they carry out their academic training, according to the available resources at the UPC. The Student Reception Program includes a catalog of direct aids and services for refugees that has been completed based on the resources available at UPC, taking into account its offer of academic programs and services to the community.

The aid catalog proposal includes, in general, granting tuition assistance to bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees and facilitating access to learning scholarships that can provide a monthly economic supplement for maintenance. As for the services offered, these include the possibility of joining the SALSA'M peer mentoring program, having access to the FOOT CUV Visual Health program and the psychological support provided by the Inclusion Office, as well as facilitating access to language support resources available under the coordination of the UPC Language and Terminology Service.

Refugee students previously admitted to bachelor's or master's degrees taught at UPC-owned centers each academic year may also access this program.


More Info: Agreement CG / 2022/03/03 of 5 April 2022, of the Governing Council.