Serra Majem’s candidacy proposes a Vice-Rector’s Office for Undergraduate, Graduate and New Degrees, led by Luis Hernández Calvento, doctor in Geography and director of the research group in Physical Geography and Environment of the Institute of Oceanography and Global Change (Iocag. I challenge with great enthusiasm and desire to work for the University and for society in the part that corresponds to me, with the perspective of participating in the modernization of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and update the ULPGC’s degree map ”.
Among the proposals included in the electoral program in this field, Hernández Calvento points out the introduction of open degrees, the objective of which is to stop the abandonment of careers in the first years. “This problem is detected especially in some careers in Social Sciences, and especially in Engineering as well as in Marine Sciences. That is why we propose to make the offer of degrees more attractive, promoting double or multiple degrees, and implementing open degrees, which there are currently very few in Spain but they are having good results ”.
The candidacy that opts for re-election announces the implantation of African studies
The student who chooses this formula, instead of going to a specific degree, has the possibility of exploring subjects from a series of degrees during the first two years, and from the third year he would choose the career in which he wants to graduate. “With the necessary adaptations, a better anchoring can be achieved, giving students more time to find their vocation. This type of degree usually lasts one more year, but all those subjects that have been done more will be recognized as electives of the degree finally completed. European countries like Germany have experience in this, and it is the students themselves who are choosing their professional profile ”, pointed out Professor Hernández. “In addition, this encourages broader profiles, which is what many entrepreneurs demand of us.”
Second, they propose to promote a model of continuous training throughout life, which involves the implementation of a service for visiting students who can take individual subjects freely. “It is designed for professionals who want to update knowledge to catch up on the progress of their profession, and can return to university to study certain subjects.”
Regarding the map of degrees, Hernández Calvento plans to design with the consensus of the university community and society, mainly the business sector, a new map of degrees, “modern and adapted to the challenges of the new generations, who go through ICT and climate change ”.
It also points to the implementation of a hybrid teaching system, face-to-face and online. “Adapt many contents of the ULPGC to information and communication technologies, so that the teacher has in his classes a series of people and through ICT, students in other parts of the territory and be in permanent dialogue with them ”.
Among the novelties presented by Rafael Robaina in his goal for re-election is the merger of two vice-rectorships from the last four years into one called the Vice-Rectorate for Study and Quality Programs, led by Milagros Rico, PhD in Chemical Sciences. In the field of degrees, Rico stands out to continue with the renovation of the ULPGC’s degree map, eliminating degrees with little demand, mainly in postgraduate degrees, for others more adapted to market needs. “The map of degrees is under continuous study, since we made a commitment with the Government of the Canary Islands to adjust it according to the social demand that is changing. Those titles with low demand that do not respond to the needs and expectations of today’s society, or we adapt or substitute them for others ”.
Another novelty that he points out in this area is “taking advantage of the UNWAN network of African universities, established in 2017, to implement a new master’s degree in African studies.” He also advanced the objective of “opening studies in the area of road engineering and biomedical engineering, among others.”