Our alumnis from La Salle-URL undertake a new project of solidarity in Senegal

We present the fantastic solidarity project being carried out by our alumni of Arquitectura de La Salle-URL and that has had great recognition in the newspaper El Periódico. David García Martínez, former student of the Degree in Architecture and Master of the Integral Project of Architecture (MPIA) and founder of studies of DAW projects, has promoted the “Fem Escola” project in Senegal. In this same study also works Jesus Amengual Calvo, also former studient of technical architecture and of the Master in Integral Management of the Construction (MGIC).

The point of departure for the idea came in the year 2014 in the DAW study, when one of the collaborators, Aina Tugores, had just returned from Senegal after working for two months in cooperation projects. The architect conveyed to the team the great satisfaction she felt from being able to work in Africa. He explained his experience in those lands by specifying the subhuman conditions in which these wonderful, open and welcoming people live. At that moment the whole team was awakened the need to undertake a new solidarity project and especially useful for Senegalese.

Most NGOs had always opted to use concrete and veneer as an unfortunate and warm architecture. DAW wanted to bet with a type of durable material and at the same time economic. The final decision was to create a secondary school in the locality Thionck-Essyl following the architecture of the Catalan Volta created by Rafael Guastavino. This type of architecture is very common in the City of Barcelona, and the structure of the school follows the aesthetics of Modernist Barcelona. They chose the design of the Catalan Volta because it is an architecture capable of maintaining a natural freshness within each dwelling, ideal for projects such as these located in very hot places. Therefore, and according to the statements of David Garcia in the Newspaper: “It is not a project of charity, but of quality”.

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At first, most of the DAW team could not understand what kind of project they were going to undertake. It was the first time they had done something like that, it was difficult for them to understand how to build a wooden structure using their own soil to make uncooked bricks, mixed with only 7% cement. Finally they have been able to conceive what the final result will be.

foundawtionThe school will consist of 16 classrooms at a cost of 100 euros per square meter, so it is not an expensive initiative. The name they have chosen (“Make school”) contains a double meaning: on the one hand, logically, to make a school, and on the other hand, to use the process to capture the knowledge of the Catalan revolution.

Its purpose is to finish school in 2018, for that reason, and although it is a very affordable architecture economically speaking, they need 200,000 euros to reach their goal. To all this they have created a foundation called Foundawtion to raise the necessary funds to be able to finish the project. From La Salle-URL we congratulate you for this great work and wish you lots of luck!

La Salle-URL participates in the 1st Week No Noise (SSS)

From April 24 to 30 will be held in Catalonia the 1st Week Without Noise (SSS), an initiative of the organizing group of Congress ACUSTI.CAT, with the coordination of the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia – Service for the prevention and Control of Acoustic and Light Pollution.

During this week there will be a series of activities related to the dissemination and awareness of the problems of noise pollution, as well as its control and the management tools to be able to reduce it. These activities will be carried out throughout Catalonia, with the collaboration of all the agents involved: administrations, citizenship, schools, universities or related companies.

La Salle-URL collaborates this week with three workshops aimed at high school and university students and will take place in the campus acoustics laboratory, facilities that include an anechoic chamber, a reverberant chamber and a recording studio. The first activity is an acoustic workshop where high school students from La Salle Bonanova will participate in order to know the basic principles of acoustics: what are the decibels, what frequencies we feel or how the sound is generated. Wednesday, April 26, there will be two workshops. The first, at 16h, “How many decibels does the silence?”, Where participants will try to find out what is the lowest sound level that can be detected inside the anechoic chamber, a space with much silence where all the sound Is absorbed by its walls. And at 5:00 p.m., it will be analyzed whether “A loudspeaker can make as much noise as an airplane?” An airplane generates about 120 decibels, but how many decibels can be generated with a loudspeaker? In the workshop, an attempt will be made to answer this question by generating a noise speaker inside the reverberant chamber and thus measuring the maximum sound levels.

The dates chosen to commemorate the Week coincide with the International Noise Awareness Day (INAD), April 26, 2017, which this year will reach its 22nd edition, an initiative promoted by the Center for Hearing And Communication, a non-governmental organization in the United States that aims to help people with deafness. The SSS also intends to give continuity to the Acoustic Congress of Catalonia, ACUSTI.CAT, which took place in its 1st edition on 28 and 29 April 2016, on a biennial basis.

Teams from spain, Turkey and Egypt win the 7th edition of the international competition for pre-university students LSdreams

The 7th edition of the contest has just announced the winners of the LSdreams. The competition, an initiative of La Salle Universities, open to students pre-university Lasallian centers in Europe and the Middle East, between 16 and 20 years, has awarded not only four Spanish proposals (Valladolid, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza) but also teams from other countries like Egypt, Turkey, Palestine and France have won.

The main aim of the awards is to motivate the inclusion of ethical values in the development of research projects to improve their social environment. The winning projects address issues such as alternative energy, reuse of materials; architectural projects like tree-house or homes adapted to flying vehicles; and in health, nutrition in adolescents, preventing stroke and improving psychological care for children .
The projects submitted must pretend to improve their immediate environment, with innovative research and development projects in the fields of architecture, engineering, health, business management and life sciences and earth.
In this year’s competition five first prizes where awarded, a special prize and the prize LSdreams ASSEDIL (European Association of Lasallian Directors) and five honorable mentions. The first prize in the area of Engineering, has been awarded to the team from Collège de Saint-Marc Alexandrie, Egypt, the project “Oppressus.” The project aim is to use piezoelectric materials to obtain energy from foot traffic at airports, for example, to be used later in the electronic devices of these same users. It protects the environment and the planet for future generations. The team is composed of students Rafiky Raphael, Peter and Mark Moheb Micheal and his tutor Ihab Rouchdi.

In the area of architecture the jury this year decided to let the first prize desert and in exchange there where two honorable mentions:  one of the Second Prizes was for at the Collège Frères December, Jerusalem, Palestine, the project Avant Guard Air Tech. The project is developing a breakthrough technology or AGA® for them the next generation of hauses must include flying cars and will have to adapt to the new lifestyle that accompanies them, as well as the adaptation of old structures to this technology of flight. The other Second prize was awarded to the College de La Salle Paterna, the project Tree – House Project. The project is based on creating a business model tree-house for people without harming nature.

The first prize in the area of business management, was for St Joseph Fransiz Lisesi center of Kadikoy, Turkey, the project is titled “Nourished Education.” The project aims to meet the nutritional needs of students increasing environmental awareness and instilling the basic values to supplement their education. The team consists of the students, Ilayda Gokcen, Guray Sener, Deniz Çağlar Duman and his tutor Ebru Aktimur.

The first prize in the area of Health, has been awarded to the College Saint Jean-Baptiste from La Salle Valladolid, Spain, for the project “PLSMMA.” It takes advantage of technology to create an application that can provide the tools needed to counteract a heart attack. The team is composed by the students Claudia Garcia, Alejandro Campos and his tutor Fernando Álvarez de la Calle. The jury also decided to give in the same area of Health a second prize to the College of La Salle St. Angel Zaragoza, Spain, for the project “Diagnosis of psychological disorders”. The project is based on creating a trivia that helps children up to 16 years in the early diagnosis of psychological diseases, establishing a closer relationship with their doctor or psychologist.

In the area of Life Sciences and Earth there were two first prizes awarded: The jury has determined to award a first prize and the special prize LSdreams to La Salle Bonanova School in Barcelona, Spain, for his project “Reusing coffee as fertilizer”. The project involves the realization of an urban network for collecting coffee grounds from the various cafes in the city and then rezicle them as fertilizer in different allotments, gardens and parks in the city of Barcelona. The team is composed of the students Joan Alonso Alvarez, David Cobos Filloy and Ricard Casanovas and his tutor Ane San José Méndez. Moreover, the jury awarded first prize and the special prize ASSEDIL to the Michel Lisesi Fransiz of Instambul, Turkey, for his project “Energy for Providing Safe Mines”. The project involves the implementation of a lighting system inside the mines based on solar power source. This system significantly reduces costs and pollution from the usual forms of lighting based on fossil combustion engines. The team composed by the students Arinc Ayduran Utku, Asumla Ayduran and Saner Kerem Oney Volkan Gonen and his tutor.

In addition, the jury decided to award two honorable mentions in the area of Life Sciences and Earth: Second prize to the team from the Lycée Technique de l’École de La Salle, in Ales, France, for his project “Projet Ortho -Prothèse animale “. The project is based on creating an alternative to the treatment of sprain garreta horses using existing human orthopedic methods. This promotes functional recovery of the horse through the creation and production of a key adapted. Second prize was for the École des Frères in Bethlehem, the city of Bethlehem, Palestine, for his project “ReWired.” The project is based on the creation of electronic waste recycling centers, avoiding the need to send it to third countries, not only focusing on recycling and recovery but also finding new uses for these wastes. It also avoids the pollution from the constant use of massive electrical appliances.

The winners of the five first prizes will enjoy a four day stay in the French cities of Paris and Beauvais during which he presented his work at the ceremony that will take place on May 12 at campus UniLasalle Beauvais.

The project EduEmprèn advises more than 600 students of 3rd ESO of La Salle in Catalonia on social entrepreneurship

Last November URL La Salle Campus Barcelona-organized the first activity EduEmprèn, a workshop on social entrepreneurship that involved more than 600 students from 15 schools of La Salle Catalonia. The activity was the starting point for the project that students from the project I DO Catalonia La Salle developed this course as a new methodology.

Under the slogan “Look, propose and transform!” The project aims to prepare young entrepreneurs committed to their environment, and give students tools to create their own social entrepreneurial project observing their surroundings to find a problem real, identify opportunities for improvement, and propose a challenge that may help.

The areas to be addressed are the people (health, nutrition and education), organizations (including labor, product and financial solidarity) and the environment (waste and recycling, sustainable transport and clean energy). Participants have analyzed the problems they observe in their environment and chosen the theme of the work they do during the course. In addition, during these months La Salle Technova Barcelona has collaborated with them to move forward on the project. Josep M. Piqué, CEO of La Salle Technova has been visiting during March the different schools to keep track of projects with the students. At the moment  has been already visited La Salle Manlleu, La Salle Manresa, La Salle Figueres, La Salle Cassa de la Selva, La Salle Santa Coloma, La Salle Reus and La Salle Tarragona, and during April and May they will be followed by La Salle Gràcia, La Salle Barcelona , La Salle Mollerusa, La Salle Premia de Mar, La Salle Sant Celoni  La Salle Santa Coloma Farners, La Salle Torreforta and La Salle La Seu. A

ll final projects will be presented at a closing ceremony of EduEmprèn be held on June 17 on the campus of La Salle.

La Salle-URL participate in the program BIYSC

BIYSC (Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge) is an international program of excellence organized by the Foundation Catalonia – La Pedrera. The two-week program (July 2017), aims to stimulate young scientific talent among students worldwide, to encourage their enthusiasm for scientific research and scientific careers.
In the course is directed to students aged 16 to 18 years with a real interest in scientific research. They are offered the opportunity to work on research projects, attend lectures and scientific debates and, ultimately, enjoy the experience with colleagues who share their passion.
La Salle-URL participate in the program with the “Bioinspired / IoT and Social Robots: towards the future of robotics.”

During these two weeks the students are required to identify a problem and at the same time will have to find a solution regarding the design of a robot that solves this problem. After days of work, each student will expand the capabilities of the robot so that everyone can connect with each other through cloud connectivity making it an IoT device. From there they will study the possibilities that arise when interconnecting these systems. They will have to take into account the results from the technical point of view and also from the perspective of the user. The idea is to take advantage of the current robotic technology, which not only creates robots that interact with people, but they can learn from this interaction and collect information through the IoT concept.

How do they design? Using techniques related to human factors engineering. Implementing drivers, installing a series of electronic circuits and pieces of code that help you program the robot to synchronize their interaction with the environment and how well it is perceived by end customers. BIYSC will prize students who demonstrate a high level of commitment to the project and their involvement with it. Taking into consideration the outcome achieved by each student as well as the challenges set by the program. They will be two prizes delivered to enable winners to attend the international event next year and thus to initiate the first step towards their dream.
If you are a fan of artificial intelligence and robotic techniques and if you’re passionate about scientific research, then go on and participate in this great opportunity! For more information click here.

The second edition of the Games and Multimedia La Salle-URL starts

La Salle-URL has launched the second edition of the Multimedia & Video Games. Registrations are now open to participate and will be until June 16 at 13: 00h the last day to submit projects.
The winner will receive a 30% scholarship to study Degree in Multimedia – Games of La Salle Campus Barcelona-year 2017-2018 URL.
The competition is to perform a conceptual work of a game. The jury will consider originality, game design, design of the world, designing audio and user interface. Participants must submit a document from a template that provides the competition itself. The jury is chaired by Emiliano Labrador, director of the Master in Multimedia Creation (MCM) and professor GameDesign Degree in Multimedia Engineering from La Salle-URL, he will decide the other members of the jury, which will be professional the gaming industry. For more information see the competition on our website.

La Salle-URL improves the position of all the masters according to Eduniversal Ranking 2016 – 2017

Eduniversal, the company specializes in providing the annual list of business schools and universities, has published a new ranking of the best Masters and MBA programs Course 2016 – 2017 global, national and European level. Thus, celebrates academic excellence identified through an analysis conducted on more than 17,000 programs 1,000 universities and colleges in 154 countries.
The programs of La Salle-URL for many years have been listed in the Best Eduniversal Ranking Masters and this year we have improved the position of our masters. La Salle University Ramon Llull bursts into the category of Supply Chain with a 4th place in Spain for the Master in Supply Chain Management & Technology (MSCMT), entering the Top 100 of the World.
In addition, the Master User eXperience (MUX) debuts this year in the category eBusiness occupying the 8th place nationwide, and place 63 worldwide. La Salle Campus Barcelona in the category of Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Security with the Master in Consulting Business Intelligence (SAP SAPBI) is at number four in Spain and 33 (top 50) globally.
In the category of eBusiness, Masters in e-commerce (MECOM) is in 4th place in Spain and number 31 (top 100) worldwide. In Health Management, Master in eHealth (MEH) is in 4th place in Spain and 97 (top 100) in the world. In the category of Real Estate Management, the Master in Integrated Management of Construction (MGIC) is listed in 3rd place in Spain and the 79th (top 100) in the world. In the category of Sustainable Development and Environmental Management, Master in Sustainable Architecture and Energy Efficiency (MGIGA) is at number 3 in Spain and 94 (top 100) worldwide. In the category of Engineering and Project Management, Master in Project Management (MUDP) took 6th place in Spain and the 36th in Europe. Finally, in the category of Information Systems Management, the Master of Information Technology and Communication (MDT) is in the 3rd position in Spain and 40th in Europe. To learn more about our programs click here.

La Salle-URL presents its offer of Masters and Postgraduates in Barcelona’s Futura fair

La Salle-URL will be at Futura fair on March 24 and 25 to present its educational offer in Master and Postgraduate programs in the areas of MBA, technological innovation and ICT, management and digital transformation, digital marketing and e-commerce, engineering and architecture. The common denominator of all these studies is its internationalization and high employability.

As developments in the program next year, especially it highlights the launch of two executive programs for businessmen, managers and entrepreneurs in the areas of project management and digital transformation, forming leaders that manage these processes in businesses and organizations. The Executive Program in Digital Transformation of La Salle-URL will train these profiles to increase the competitiveness of their organizations through digital transformation with the addition of new digital technologies: they will be able to interact better with their customers, produce in a more agile and efficient way and provide the most suitable talent fostering collaboration and innovating with new processes, products, services and businesses. And in this same area but aimed at IT professionals and middle managers, La Salle-URL also offers the Technology Master in Digital Business Transformation. The Executive Program in Project Management specifically directs Portfolio Managers that are responsible for optimizing the efficient management of programs and projects, making decisions in controlled environments and managing high performance teams in uncertain environments.

Another addition to the program focuses on the area of Big Data and Data Analysis, with the Master in Data Science. Large volumes of data available today are causing the emergence of new professions, one of which is the profession of Data Scientist. Why do we want experts in Data Science in business? The main functions of these experts are to analyse, structure, filter, view and put all data generated in value, thereby improving the functioning of enterprises, not only in the economic field.

And the latest addition is the Master in Software Development and Architecture where these professionals who lead technical projects to create software from its knowledge in multiple processes involved, optimal design solutions, techniques and methods development is formed, validation tools and quality standards. The program is focused on acquiring skills specific from profiles with years of experience in the field of high-quality software development.

 

La Salle-URL commitment to internationalization of its programs and new methodology Learning by Challenge

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL presents in the Catalan education fair ‘Saló de l’Ensenyament 2017’ its training offer for 2017-18, which highlights internationalization increasing its offer in studies 100% in English and the addition of two three-year new degrees in Computer Science and Multimedia.

For the academic year 2017-18 one of the most important programs is the new Degree in Computer Engineering 100% in English. This is the only degree program in Barcelona that will provide the needed knowledge and skills to cope with the new demands of the international computer industry and global economy, and will include two stages that will bring real international experience of global culture and economy. La Salle also offers the possibility of studying other programs in English, as in the case of Degrees in Architecture, Animation & VFX and Management of Business and Technology, where students can choose to study entirely in English from the beginning.

The other big news for next year is a double degree that combines the Degree in Computer Engineering -entirely in English- with the Degree in Management of Business and Technology. This will allow to get in 5.5 years both official degrees and have a global training in the two main fields of projected growth. The aim of this initiative is to provide businesses people with a unique professional profile to facilitate their rapid incorporation into the workplace. Degree in Management of Business and Technology can also be taken independently.

La Salle undergraduate range of courses that will be presented at the Education Fair ‘Saló de l’Ensenyament’ is completed with two degrees in Architecture and Construction, a Degree in Animation & VFX -which will reach its third edition the upcoming course-, as well as a total of seven engineering degrees, among them Degree in Multimedia Engineering (Videogames mention) -which celebrates 20 years since its creation-, Degree in Electronic Engineering (Robotics mention), as well as other degrees in the fields of Computer Science, Telematics, Telecommunications, ICT and Audio-visual.

A new methodology: Learning by Challenge

La Salle-URL applies an innovative new methodology, Learning by Challenge, which enables students to acquire skills and knowledge through solving real challenges posed by companies, institutions or organizations with an interdisciplinary approach, cross-cutting interlinked areas and thus facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology. The idea is that students of La Salle can be able to be innovative, creative and implement solutions to real problems.

Innovation and technology, La Salle’s DNA

Technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and internationality are the basic elements that define the DNA of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL. The university trains students to lead the change in a global world. The vast majority of students now entering the university will probably work in a profession that doesn’t exist yet and for companies that have not yet been created. At La Salle their skills in these areas will be enhanced so they can take on the challenges of tomorrow with guarantees of success.

La Salle-URL makes a commitment to technology, which is present not only in the technological programs such as the ones in Management in Business or ICT, but also to all the other degrees. New technologies are the engine of change and La Salle-URL prepares students to work with the latest technologies, and to create and develop the technologies of tomorrow.

La Salle also promotes the development of innovation for the creation of new business projects through La Salle Technova Barcelona, the innovation park on campus offering start-up accelerator and incubator services whose can benefit all students. In 2016 La Salle Technova Barcelona was among the Top 10 of European accelerators by the European Accelerator Report.

 

Architecture alumni raise funds for the construction of a preschool in the most underdeveloped South Africa

A group of alumni of La Salle-URL along with other young architects are the creators of Uncedo, an NGO working in underdeveloped areas of South Africa from more than two years.

These young architects believe in architecture as a tool for social transformation and work with the most disadvantaged communities at risk of social exclusion, making efforts to promote social change and advance the management of construction quality and safety that these areas much needed.

They are currently in the process of building an elementary school in the township of Joe Slovo (South Africa). The poverty of the area and the lack of structure and means impede a universal right to children: the right to basic education. Its goal is to build a preschool with capacity for all children in the district and to provide them with health, safety and optimal study conditions.

The township of Joe Slovo is located on the outskirts of the city of Port Elizabeth (South Africa) and has an approximate population of 9,000 inhabitants. A township is an underdeveloped urban area that was created during apartheid to house and control the non-white community. This group has long been facing various social problems due to lack of resources and social exclusion.

The construction in this district is not regulated by the government, who gives the land but does not manage urban development, causing that the houses do not follow an order and that the access to basic services such as potable water, electricity or wastewater management is very limited. The child population of this community is who suffers more directly these shortcomings.

The school will consist of a space with 3 separate classrooms, a bathhouse with running water and waste management and an office where teachers will be able to prepare their classes and attend parents. They also want to provide the project with a school canteen in order to facilitate the necessary food to each of the district’s children.

They started the foundation and work on the structure last December but still lack financial resources to achieve the goal of building a proper school for children. The NGO needs 2,000 € to complete the construction and equip with school supplies and furniture.

From Uncedo they believe in the power of architecture as a tool to social improvement, and that a small gesture can achieve great goals. That’s why all the contributions from 40 € will receive a solidarity fabric bag that has been designed especially for this occasion.

If you want to participate in this project and manage to build a school where these children at risk of social exclusion have access to education, you can make your donation through this link.