Josep M. Santos has been apointed new General Director of La Salle Campus Barcelona

JMSantos_LaSalleBCN_SET13_LowResLa Salle, a founding member of Ramon Llull University, has appointed a new General Director to lead the University center in Barcelona, specialized in Engineering, Architecture and Business.

From this september, Josep M. Santos Fernández, previously delegate of the Mission and Director of the network of Centers of La Salle Catalunya will occupy the position of General Director of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL.

Josep M. Santos takes over from Brother Miquel Àngel Barrabeig, who ends a period of 7 years at the head of this Campus, where nearly 4,000 students are currently studying.

The new General Director is a Telecommunications Engineer and Senior Engineer in Electronics by La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL, where he also obtained a Master in Business Administration. He has also followed General Management studies at other universities.

After some experience in the world of business, in 2001 he joined La Salle Catalunya to coordinate vocational training. For 7 years he managed the school of La Salle Gràcia. Up to now he was delegate of the Mission and the Director of the network of Centers of La Salle Catalunya.

Welcome to new students of the Bachelor Degree in Management of Business and Technology

Grp 14 - CathedralDuring the 4th, 5th and 6th of September the Bachelor Degree in Management of Business and Technology welcomed 80 new students and exchange students for the 2013-14 academic year. Coming from over 20 countries (Norway, Germany, South Korea, Jordan, Morocco, US, France, Brazil…) , the students will form part of our international undergraduate program and the network of La Salle universities around the world.


During the three days the students got to know each other, our community and the program. Perhaps the highlight for many was a bus tour of Barcelona and photo competition. We warmly welcome these new students and the increasing diversity they bring to La Salle Campus Barcelona.

La Salle Catalunya places the first stone of a new university residence

primerapedra_lasallebcn_residenciaLast July 23 the ceremony for the  placing of the first stone of the new “University residence Campus La Salle” took place at  La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL with the participation of the  Mayor of BarcelonaXavier Trias, as well as the Rector of Ramon Llull University,  Josep Maria Garrell, and the Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona, Sebastià Taltavull. This new facility, designed by Terradas Architects, will have capacity for 349 people and will strength the internationalization of La Salle’s University center in Barcelona. It is expected to begin operating in September 2014.

This new project is the result of an agreement between La Salle Catalunya and RESA, aware of the University’s internationalization process and in anticipation of the increase in the population of University students interested in accommodation in the Sarrià – Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona.

The  Chief delegate of RESA , Francisco Guarner, underlined the importance of public-private collaboration in the development and realization of accommodation infrastructures and services in universities and he highlighted RESA’s vocation for  integration and cooperation in its 20 years of service to the main Spanish universities, with 7,300 rooms in 27 residences.

From La Salle Catalunyathe Auxiliary Visitor Josep Guiteras, pointed out that “the construction of this residence strengthens the bet for internationalization of La Salle’s University Center in Barcelona“. Guiteras emphasized that ‘the Lasallian institution has presence in 83 countries around the world, with 1,600 schools, 75,000 workers and nearly a million of students’.

The “University Residence Campus La Salle” will be located on the premises of La Salle Campus Barcelona, founder member of Ramón Llull University. The rooms are mostly individual and have a kitchen and bathroom, air conditioning, telephone and Internet access. Students, teachers, researchers and candidates will be able to enjoy the modern facilities the residence will offer such as: fitness room, study rooms, entertainment rooms, laundry facilities and a restaurant, among others.

The construction has been developed by Fausto Facioni constructions, company specialized in the construction of university residences.

La Salle Alumni has set a new record this course

Networking-300x300The Alumni Association of La Salle Campus Barcelona, which was founded in 1977 with the mission to promote and care for the professional development of the University’s Alumni, has beaten its own record this year by achieving 927 members. La Salle Alumni is a space for the exchange of knowledge and experiences based on networking and professional growth. These traits define our group of associates, who are committed with their times and at a service of a responsible society, ethical and sustainable.

The success of La Salle Campus Barcelona’s placement service is confirmed with the data achieved this course: 67% of the professional profiles managed have found a new job, from which approximately 514 received personalized advice, 359 of them for the first time. These results would not be possible without La Salle Alumni‘s Career Services Department, which this year dedicated an average of 3 hours per person, managed 3,613 offers and dealt with 737 companies. La Salle Alumni also offers help in preparing for different job interviews and how to write and send your CV, reaching a total of 5,467 curriculums sent and 616 self presentations managed.

OIKOnet: a global multidisciplinary network on housing research and learning


On October 1st 2013 start the activities of OIKOnet, a pedagogic project funded by the Erasmus Multilateral Networks program of the European Union  whose purpose is to create an international platform of collaboration to study contemporary housing from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. A total of 34 organizations from 29 countries in Europe and around the world are part of this network. The project will be coordinated by Prof. Leandro Madrazo from the La Salle School of Architecture and Engineering and will last three years.

OIKOnet is a follow-up of the previous OIKODOMOS Virtual Campus project which was carried out during 2007-2011.

OIKOnet brings together schools of architecture and urban planning, research institutes, social groups, transnational organizations and local administrations. Altogether, the interactions across different stakeholders and disciplines will provide new insights on the contemporary housing conditions, and will help to forge links between academia and the social and economic milieu, between research and learning, and between the European education space and other universities around the world.

If you are interested to participate in the OIKOnet activities as student, teacher, researcher, citizen or professional, or would like further details then please contact Prof. Leandro Madrazo (


Axel Pons graduates in La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL

AxelPons_Graduado_LaSalleBCNOn the 4th of July, Axel Pons graduated from the International Degree in Management of Business and Technology at La Salle Campus Barcelona. Axel combined his University studies with his participation in the Moto2 World Championship for the past four years.
“It has been hard, evidenced by the fact that almost no one dares to take on elite motorcycling and studies at the same time, but in the end the graduation reward is paying more than all the efforts. I’d like to thank La Salle and all its teaching staff  that have made it possible for me to keep up with my studies despite continuous trips all over the world to participate in the Moto2 races“, said Axel.”
From La Salle, we also want to recognize his commitment and tenacity to achieve this academic degree which is taught entirely in English.  The young pilot has been an example of commitment and collaboration with his classmates.

Axel is not the only elite athlete studying this degree. It is also the case of Laura Konitzer, a German athlete who lives in Barcelona where she is training to try to compete with the German sailing team in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games This 19 year old  sportswoman  combines sport with her university education at La Salle.



Agreement between Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona and La Salle BCN

CaritasThe University of La Salle in Barcelona has signed a collaboration agreement with Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona, official organization of the Barcelona Archdiocese, which aims to promote, guide, strengthen, coordinate and perform the charitable and social action of the Church for all people in need of help.
The agreement reached will allow a closer cooperation between the two institutions through the Organization of joint events and, especially, promoting voluntary work among university students of La Salle in Barcelona.
The director of Caritas Diocesana of Barcelona, Jordi Roglà, and the Director General of La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL, Miquel Àngel Barrabeig, signed the collaboration agreement  in an official signing ceremony presided by the auxiliary visitor of La Salle Catalunya, Josep Guiteras.

Pattie Maes presents the advances of the MIT in portable interfaces, ubiquitous computing and augmented reality at La Salle BCN

Pattie MaesThis Monday, the MIT Media Lab´s fluid interfaces research group Founder and Director, Pattie Maes, carried out the Conference Designing Fluid Interfaces” at La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL. In her speech Pattie Maes presented the projects and progresses that are being achieved by the MIT and, additionally, she illustrated them through videos that showed their use and applications in the areas of study, memory, decision-making and collaboration.

Pattie Maes highlighted the importance of digital devices in all aspects of our lives. “We work with them, we communicate, we learn, we have fun, we express ourselves…,” said the founder and Director of the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces research group. She also explained how the way we interact with them has changed and evolved since personal computers were created more than 40 years ago. She said that” before it was a passive and disturbing experience meanwhile now is more and more, an active and conscious act”. In fact, MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces research group tries to radically rethink this interaction with the computer.

The Founder and Director of the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces research group presented some of the projects and progress that are being conducted in the field of portable interfaces, ubiquitous computing and augmented reality.

One of them is the Eye Ring, an intelligent vision system located in a ring. “It’s a portable interface which allows the user to receive information about the object, either in a visual or auditory way”, she explained. Another project is the LuminAR, which reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and the desk lamp evolving into a device of information category. “This system allows users to receive information from visualized objects “, detailed Pattie Maes. Another of these advances is the so-called Smarter Objects, that “uses augmented reality to project images and data and to change the physical behaviour of the objects that surround us”, according to the American scientist. Waazam is also a project of the MIT and “enables users to build their own joint world without being in the same physical place“, said Pattie Maes.

The objective of the MIT Media Lab, as she reminded, is to create a more natural, consistent and integrated experience of digital devices in our physical lives and design and build devices that function as a natural extension of our minds, bodies and behaviours. Pattie Maes, also visited the facilities of La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL and learnt about the projects carried out within the University.

The UMVA’s 2013 edition visits different quarters and cities

UMVAUMVA (Video Architecture Movile Unit) is a space of video projection carried out by students of the subject systems of representation from La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL.  The purpose of UMVA is to promote debate activities about the quarter and the city where it is located. This debate is possible thank you to the interaction between citizens and the architecture students collecting the experiences obtained about the quarter. During 2013 several workshops of the UMVA have had place offering the possibility of enjoying the talks of guest artists, where artists have presented their works and in which there has been some time dedicated to questions and corrections in the UMVA.
The first UMVA was organized in La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL on May 14th and counted with the participation of the architect and visual artist, Pau Faus, who was the guest artist of the day. The next one was two days later, on May 16th, in Can Fabra. On this occasion the guest artist was Miquel García. On the 21st May there was another meeting of the UMVA. In this case, at the civic centre of Barceloneta with the assistance of the video and new media director and guest artist, Xavi Hurtado. Two days later, on May 23rd  the UMVA was held in the Raval with the appearance of the artist Pep Agut. There was also an act in Can Felipa in which attendees enjoyed the visual artist Pep Dardanyà talk. Finally, corrections were made in Can Cuiàs on May 30th. You can find more information and videos on the website of the UMVA.

La Salle BCN hosts the V Congress of the KNX Spain

KNX-LogoThe V Congress of the KNX Association will have place at La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL  the following 26th and 27th June. In this Conference, which will commemorate the 20th anniversary of KNX Spain, the Association aims to demonstrate to all professionals in the sector that Smart Cities are a reality.
KNX is a leading system for control and automation of homes and buildings, with several projects running in five continents. KNX offers solutions for Smart metering, Smart Grids, electric vehicles integration in intelligent energy management and for the smart cities of the future.
In the exhibitions area, pioneer companies in the industry will display their products, services and solutions based on the world standard KNX. Some of the companies that have confirmed their participation are ABB, Dicomat-Wago, Dinuy, Gewiss Pebble brothers (Theben), Hager, Schneider Electric Philips and Siemens.
The Director of the Engineering Department of La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL, Mr. Josep Maria Ribes, will participate in the event.

Access will be through registration on the website of KNX Spain, where it is also possible to consult the event program.