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.

Alumni Elena Gimeno Bayés has won the CSCAE logo design contest

We congratulate Elena Gimeno Bayés, a former student of Architecture at La Salle-URL, for being the winner of the CSCAE logo design contest to create the new corporate image of the Superior Council of Colleges of Architects of Spain (CSCAE).

The proposal was developed along with Enrique Pareira, graphic designer and Elena’s partner at V&BA, an architectural design and graphic communication studio. Before submitting the project they worked hard to present a flexible and adaptable proposal. Studio’s aim was to create a common space to offer sensitive and creative solutions to spatial and visual communication problematics. Their idea was to adapt to the needs of customers a clear, direct and precise language. Their first works were mainly in web and graphic communication, while currently beginning to emerge works directly related to the field of architecture.

In this profession projects presented by men are more recognized rather than the ones presented by women, and Elena Gimeno wanted to reflect on this issue. She believes the passion that women architect have about their profession should be spread, since generally the work of male architects is more recognized. Presence of women architects in the educational and professional fields has to be promoted in order to guarantee their representation in nowadays society, she said.

In her interview with the CSCAE she says that to improve the current situation architecture should be brought over society, so employment opportunities could be boosted. She believes that not only the work of the architect should be valued, but also should be communicated what is it for. We wish good luck to Elena Gimeno Bayés, a great architect involved with what she does.

La Salle-URL will pose on how Municipal Museum of Tossa should be

Last weekend students of Architecture of La Salle-URL visited the Municipal Museum of Tossa to provide ideas and solutions to the access problems of the site. Students of the Research Group in Mediterranean Architecture (IAM) are conducting a workshop to raise ideas and solutions to infrastructural problems of the museum that prevent it to be part of the official network of museums of Catalonia.

The objective of the workshop is to make architectural proposals in a high historical and patrimonial content area, with a strong identity, which has been excluded from the register of museums of the Generalitat mainly due to its lack of accessibility. In addition, the workshop also aims to work aspects such as energy efficiency, climate conditions, the tour of the museum, or the technical part of the museum, such as the file room or the workshop.

The Research Group in Mediterranean Architecture of La Salle-URL aim is research and dissemination of architecture in the Mediterranean environment, in the areas of urban planning and building, looking a cross-sectional view in the architectural project.The research group is focused on the study of the characteristic mechanisms of Mediterranean construction, from design criteria, observing for example the principles of implementation to the territory, the use of materials and constructive systems, or the repeated presence of intermediate spaces and climate protection systems.

The workshop began on 17 February in Barcelona with the presentation by teachers, and last weekend the students visited the museum. The results of this work, scheduled to be completed in late March, will be presented at the university and in Tossa.

La Salle-URL prepares its 5th year of work in the Urubamba International Cooperation Project

The Urubamba International Cooperation Project, promoted by Proide Campus from La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL is performed in Sacred Valley, in Cusco Region (Peru). Teachers, students and former students of La Salle Campus-URL participate in this already clearly established project, which enters its fifth year of work this course. One of its objectives is to promote the involvement of students of La Salle Campus Barcelona and Ramon Llull University inviting them to participate in the project, and even become part of the team that travels to the Sacred Valley every July (through final degree project, elective credits or openly collaborating).

The project includes two project lines. On the one hand performances will be held in the town of Urubamba, training teachers and students of the Higher Public Institute of La Salle and the entire educational community of the town of Urubamba. On the other hand, the e-Yachay Project will work in the High Andean educational communities located more than 4000 meters height, introducing new technologies (ICT) to students as mechanism of social inclusion.

Training of teachers and students
La Salle Urubamba Higher Institute of Public Education is a public school that aims to support the education of rural communities in Sacred Valley between 3000 meters and 4500 meters height. The main problem is that most locals speak Quechua and do not understand much Spanish. The language barrier is a limitation for Quechua speaking people to access studies. Teachers and students training of the educational community of Urubamba is done in this centre, providing blended training courses.Last year 7 training courses for students and teachers from La Salle Urubamba were conducted, providing 54 certificates.

Project e-Yachay: ICT introduction in High Andean communities
The word ‘yachay’ means ‘learning’ in Quechua.The e-Yachay Project main goal is to enhance socio-educational inclusive environments through the introduction of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the High Andean educational communities.Last year training activities for students were conducted using ICT as a vehicular tool and faculty staff were trained to give continuity to the activities.
This work aims to increase student’s motivation for schooling, and to achieve an inclusive socialization. Students learning in primary and secondary in these environments is very slow due to various physical and psychological constraints.

Creating a minimum digital learning infrastructure promotes learning, and this project provides mobile devices that are used to perform image and video activities related to different areas of knowledge. This is complemented by the use of computers that allows students to learn how to edit text and images, creating presentations and storaging the collected material.

Educational software that enhances basic skills learning such as mathematics and Spanish language is also installed.Thus students also acquire basic digital skills.

In July 2015, a pilot programme in the rural community of Pampallacta where very satisfactory results were obtained was performed.Students worked in groups and shared the images taken to interact with each other and appreciate the results of peers. Particularly with videos, typical scenes from the Inca culture -environment and family scenes- were captured; photographs of animals and plants of the region were taken with mobile devices again form a valuable documentary source. In 2016 the e-Yachay Project was consolidated, in this 2017 Pampallacta and the goal is to replicate the project in other High Andean educational communities.