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.

 

La Salle-URL presents IOTICAT, the first European university I+D centre specializing in the Internet of the future

The morning the first stone of the new IOTICAT (Internet of Things Institute of Catalonia) facilities of the Salle-URL was laid. It is going to be the first European I+D laboratory to focus on the Internet of Things and its evolution towards the Internet of the future, and is expected to be operational by 2020. The act marked the beginning of the construction of the facilities and of the transformation of a 2.000 m ² space in the La Salle-URL Campus which has been named IOTICAT

ioticat 2xIOTICAT has been co-financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) under the framework of singular institutional projects in I+D infrastructures in the generation of excellent research, the attraction of talent and the development of knowledge transfer activities. The project was selected and granted to La Salle-URL by the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia in April 2016. The total cost of the rehabilitation is 3 million euros over a period of 3 years.

The new space IOTICAT will foment the creation of an internal eco-system creating innovation, transfer and research in which joint collaboration projects with companies, entrepreneurs, students and campus staff can be undertaken.  All these agents will work together to develop ideas which will shape the future, in a space where talent and research come together with society and business, and where we will capitalize on the student talent from our different faculties.

IOTICAT is strongly committed to the Catalan innovation eco-system and is aligned with the RIS3CAT, the intelligent research and innovation strategy in Catalonia which aims to consolidate the region as one the European leaders in knowledge and connecting technological and creative capacities in new and emerging sectors and regions.

The laboratory of technological base IOTICAT will represent the commitment of La Salle to entrepreneurship and to innovation and will be the centre where projects will be developed on anything related to the interaction of people with social trends and surrounding technology, with a strong focus on the Internet of Things, as well as the Internet of the Future. IOTICAT is based on design, proto-typing and scaling the products and services of tomorrow to society and the business world, as well as taking students and professors to the new realities and needs of future society.

The 2.000 m ² space will be dedicated to research, innovation and the promotion of talent and entrepreneurship. The first phase of IOTICAT will house our internal researchers in specialized laboratories.

Over the past 20 years, La Salle-URL has adapted to, focused on, and strengthened its I+D+I and now has 6 research groups which together form La Salle R&R, acknowledged by the ACC10 as a Technology Centre which undertakes over 70 projects per year in which over 80 researchers participate.  These projects may be international, national or regional and be funded either publically or privately.

A unique space of 2.000 m ²

IOTICAT will be a completely unique area located on the ground floor of the Campus Residence. It has been designed by the Terradas Arquitectos studio, led by Robert Terradas, director of the La Salle-URL Architecture School. The design creates a rich creative atmosphere and is modelled on other internationally renowned research centres.

The laboratory will have 4 different areas:

– A common social meeting point where people can debate, show and even try out any idea which has been conceived during the innovation process. Ideas can later be tried out in the design and testing processes.

– Creativity Room: spaces designated to fomenting creativity and information exchanges and where challenges are born into a creative and imaginative environment. It can be used for structured activities, but also to facilitate an idea flow which can be used to set off new innovation and research processes.

– Maker Space: workspace designed to provide tools to develop projects for the group of researchers from the areas of Architecture, Management and Engineering, together with designers, inventors and entrepreneurs. The objective of this area is to promote the participative development, facilitate the interdisciplinary learning and optimize co-creation activities. In terms of design, the laboratories are completely open-plan and a space to think, try out and test ideas and prototypes.

– City Lab: Space for the assembly and testing of technologies which are developed. It is the showroom where the final products of projects are displayed. An open space where different types of projects will be displayed and rated by others.  An open space where different projects will be carried out and prototypes in a controlled setting.

A new methodology: Learning by Challenge

A multidisciplinary team with a great variety of diverse profiles will work together at IOTICAT: researchers, companies, entrepreneurs, students, professors, etc.

IOTICAT will strengthen the La Salle-URL learning style, which has advocated the Learning-by-Doing methodology for many years now, by developing a new methodology, Learning by Challenge, which promotes learning through overcoming challenges and which is now being used all over our campus. This new laboratory will enable students to go further than case-studies, using new research and transfer techniques, with systemized processes to face tomorrow’s challenges.

Transfer to the business network

La Salle-URL aims to take advantage of the fact that we have companies which are working in this area and involve them in the generation of projects and challenges at IOTICAT. One of the objectives is to facilitate the integration of the business network into our systemized process of innovation and technology transfer.  Anyone can participate, from entrepreneurs, SMBs, large companies to local, national or international research centre.

This project is the final link in the strategic process to align the I+D+i carried out by the University with the needs of the business network and aims to bridge the gap between the Company and the University, by creating the knowledge transfer flow needed to improve the quality of life of our society.

La Salle Universities launches the 7th edition of its international competition for pre-university students 

The universities of La Salle in Europe celebrate this year the 7th edition of LSdreams, a competition geared towards pre-university students of La Salle centers between 16 and 20 years old. Its main objective is to encourage the inclusion of ethical values in the development of research projects to improve their social environment.

LSdreams seeks to convey to students a number of values inherent in La Salle such as teamwork, innovation, creativity and problem solving. At the same time, it wants to promote the creation of vocations in the areas of knowledge that projects must be developed: Engineering, Architecture, Business Management, Health and Earth and Life Sciences, an added category in the previous edition that gave a very good result.

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Students who wish to participate need to focus their project on improving their immediate environment and get organized into groups of three. Each of these groups will be supervised by a tutor from its center to guide them and help in the process.

In order to enhance the collaborative and international dimension of competition, also it is given the opportunity to participate in the form LSdreams joint project, which offers the option of cooperation between two teams from two different schools, from the same or different country. This type of collaboration will be taken into account in the final decision of the jury, where the best project in each of the five categories mentioned will be decided.

The winners in each category, along with his tutor, will present their project in the campus of UniLaSalle Beauvais, during a four-day trip to Paris-Beauvais (11, 12, 13 and May 14), in which they will also have the opportunity to visit the cultural wonders of the city. There will also be a Special LSdreams Award for the project that the jury consider the best among presented. This prize is an iPad mini for each member of the winning team and its tutor.

La Salle shows university life to youngsters during the University Demoweek, from 17 to 19 January 2017

La Salle University Demoweek is a week (January 17-19) when La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL organizes a range of workshops and free lectures for students (high school and vocational training), schools and teachers, so they can be in touch with reality of university studies and thus have tools to help them choose their pathway to university.

The workshops will be held for the following areas: Architecture, Engineering, Animation & VFX and Management, and will allow young people to have a clear idea of how they can be trained at La Salle throughout their university life. Attendees will learn these areas through workshops in the following fields: digital entrepreneurship, animation and visual effects, pet robots and artificial intelligence, how to produce a video game, Radiolab, Apps Inventor to create an application for Android, the tightrope walker robot, building a LEGO Mindstorms robot and ethical hackers. In addition, there will be specific discussions about why to study a degree in one of these four areas, and conferences to develop skills for the future on issues such as the maker movement (why to do physical things in the digital era), how to develop a business based on an idea and the new professions in which we will work in 15 years.

Looking ahead to teachers, there will be specific sessions where new methodologies applied to training will be explained. One of these will talk about gamification, and will be a workshop where resources and practical models on different innovative teaching methods that can be entered easily to increase student motivation will be provided. Another will be on STEAM classroom methodology, analyzing the difficulties encountered in schools to incorporate important advances in robotic platforms and to develop interdisciplinary projects, proposing practical solutions and seeing success stories and educational guidelines. The last workshop for teachers will focus on design thinking in education, an approach of innovation focused on the human being that will help students to think of new and different way.

You can consult all the information and register here

Students of Management of Business and Technology went on a Study Tour to Shangai

Our students of Management of Business and Technology enjoyed a one week stay in the Shanghai Study Tour 2016, at Fudan University. Throughout the stay, students learnt about the start of big brands in the Chinese market, such as Starbucks, and attended case studies with which they were able to experience first-hand the complexity of the challenges and opportunities of entering the world’s largest market. Students visited the Shanghai Stock Exchange, where they had the chance to meet the challenges of economic and social development, and the Mobile World Congress, among others, where they met entrepreneurs in the sector and gazed at opportunities and innovation for mobile technology development. The Chinese market has more than one billion subscribers and is a sector that will affect positively and in the coming years all actors in the industry.

Students of Management of Business and Technology witnessed the most important changes that have happened in China and the global economy in general, restructuring, FDI and trade challenges, concepts explained in the different sessions by tutors of Fudan University. They have participated in a talk about the macroeconomic challenges and changing role facing the country economically. They also visited Shanghai Automobile industries, where they could see robotics high tech and Baosteel, the second largest manufacturer of steel in China, and the cases of Carrefour and DeBeers market entry were introduced, in which they expressed the acquired knowledge and lived experience. Our students were very grateful for the opportunity that led them the stay and the great reception and organization they received from Fudan University, an experience that has changed the lives to everyone.

Pablo Pantaleoni: “Health Care industry will have a very significant growth in 3-5 years”

On Thursday May 26 Pablo Pantaleoni, entrepreneur and founder of Medtep, gave a lecture in La Salle-URL, entitled “Opportunities and challenges in health technologies”, where he explained the work done from his startup and how the business idea came while pursuing a Master in Creating Internet Business in La Salle-URL. Earlier this year, Pablo Pantaleoni entered the Forbes magazine list 30 under 30  where 30 personalities from under 30 years are collected to be followed in different social spheres.

Pantaleoni explained that they created the company in 2011 and began with a traditional model of organic, positive but very modest growth, and was in late 2014 that changed their mind and moved the company to the US to continue to grow. The company currently has offices in Barcelona, San Francisco and Mexico and employs more than 30 people.

During the conference, Pantaleoni noted that the pharmaceutical industry is moving from company to company product services, which opens up many possibilities for startups. In addition, important changes in the health sector, especially in digital health which is very different in the American and European markets. Pantaleoni predicted that “in 3-5 years Health Care sector will have very significant growth”.

Medtep is a technology startup, created by Pantaleoni with Jacob Suñol, which takes validated medical and clinical protocols and convert them to personalized health plans easily understandable and implementable by patients.This allows users to perform a more efficient treatment and improve their quality of life. According Pantaleoni, it is “the optimization of resources in treating patients.”

Another of the highlights was the important role of Big Data, which can help customize the treatment of patients based on their standard of living, improving decision-making. Pantaleoni said that “we help patients have a better quality of life, and that’s what drives us forward” and stressed that what is important is the result of the application and run the tool, not the number of users or the profits of the company.

Finally, Pablo Pantaleoni also recalled his role as an entrepreneur and gave some advice in this regard: “Come out to the street, explain your idea, meet people, do not give false expectations and be transparent”.

 

Students from La Salle-URL collaborate on a survey among Euroleague fans

Fans appreciate the Turkish Airlines Euroleague as one of the most prestigious competitions in all sports, and interact with it very often across different platforms, as appears from a survey with a large sample of nearly 20,000 respondents. This study was conducted by students from La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL Degree in Business Administration as both entities have a four-year partnership which also includes the revitalization of some social networks like Instagram during the celebration of the Final Four.

Euroleague fans respondents chose Euroleague as the second most prestigious competition, just behind the UEFA Champions League. Respondents also said they attend almost one in four home games of the Euroleague, while 85% of them also watch their teams on TV. Whether watching the games on TV or live, 91% rated the gaming experience as good or very good.  Euroleague fans respondents also followed Euroleague through social media increasingly, and 24% does it using the official application of the competition or Twitter account to stay tuned and related topics. In addition, 32% follows the Euroleague through Facebook.

Followers stand out as the main reason to follow the Euroleague is the game itself (37%), followed by their own teams (34%). Respondents identified the Euroleague with its sponsor, Turkish Airlines in the 91% of cases; 67% believe that competition is better thanks to its sponsors; and 46% said they were likely or very likely to use the products or services of those sponsors. The survey was conducted in nine languages ​​to meet the Euroleague basketball goal of directly get the views of their fans about the competition and how to improve it.

La Salle’s Project Management program renews its PMI’s GAC accreditation until 2022

IMG_8323XLa Salle Campus Barcelona-URL renewed the accreditation of its Project Management Master Degree by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) until 2022. La Salle-URL is the only Spanish university that has the accreditation, and there are only seven programs in Europe who have it.

This year 2015-2016 La Salle celebrates the 15th anniversary of the creation of the Project Management programme. Since then, it has had more than 3,000 students and earned international accreditations such as the Ministry of Education certification as a Campus of International Excellence. The Master program has also been ranked among the top 35 masters in this field in Western Europe by Eduniversal Ranking.
La Salle-URL Project Management Master programme trains Project Managers with the ability to think in an inclusive way, solving situations in uncertain environments.

Our students have many different backgrounds, work in different industries and have a variety of positions in their companyies, providing the programme with a multidisciplinary position that enriches and complements the training. It is also fully customized and adapted to the different profiles depending on their modalities (On Campus, blended, online, in English, or junior) and specific elective subjects that allow you to define a personal profile: international innovation, technology, construction, health, etc.

Regarding the teaching methodology, we work from a situational approach, putting students in real everyday situations in a professional environment, applying theory to real cases.

LS Dreams 2015 Awards ceremony

LSdreams 2015The fifth edition of the LS Dreams contest had place last Friday May 8th at La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL. The event is an initiative of La Salle Universities, that is open to pre-university students from Lasallian centres in Europe and in the Middle East. The projects provide solutions to social problems through innovation in the areas of engineering, management, health and architecture. In total, this year more than 320 students where involved, divided into 127 teams and from 8 countries.
The winning proposals were from schools from Andoain and Valladolid in Spain, Jerusalem and Grappa (Italy). The members of each team came to Barcelona for four days as a reward for winning the contest. During their stay, they made several visits to the city and attended the awards ceremony. The complete list of the winning teams is as follows:
Best Project in Architecture category and LSdreams Special Prize: the group named “Sustainable designs” from Collège des Frères Jerusalem, Palestine. The team is composed of the students Blondine Rabadi and WassemTannous, and the tutor Amer Qaisy, and presented a proposal for the comprehensive improvement of the functioning of the urban space of the city of Jerusalem. This project was also the winner in absolute category.
– Best Project in the Management category and ASSEDIL-LSdreams Award: TAJ group, from Colegio La Salle Valladolid, Spain. The team is composed by the students Alejandro Garcia de Leaniz y Peña, Javier Arcos Hernandez and Teresa Victoria Gómez Madrid, and the tutor Aranzazu Levy Chamorro. The project consists of a business plan for a manufacturing company of furniture made of recycled cardboard.
– Best Project in the Health category: Live Ideak group, from La Salle Berrozpe of Andoain (Spain). The team is composed of the students Mikel Arrikarte Aramendia, Oier Alonso Mate and Jonathan Arizala Vicente, and the tutor Iñigo Amenabar Aranburu. The team proposes the development of a prototype wheelchair controlled by a mouthpiece, which follows the movements of the tongue.
– Best Project in the Engineering category: EIF group, from the Filippin Institute, Paderno del Grappa (Italy).The team consists of the students Benedetta Forlin, Francesco Galeazzi and Francesco Val, and the tutor Alan Begliorgio. The proposal builds on an application for mobile devices to help dyslexic people.
The aim of the competition is to encourage young people’s sensitivity and capacity for reflection on the moral and ethical implications in the four areas of knowledge offered by the organization. The projects submitted should try to improve their immediate environment, with innovative research and development projects in the fields of architecture, engineering, health and business management. A total of 127 teams from eight different countries participated in this fifth edition: Spain, Italy, Palestine, France, Lebanon, Portugal, Egypt and Turkey.

Exporecerca Jove 2014 at La Salle-URL

Exporecerca Jove 2014On the 10th April  the XV edition of Exporecerca Jove  will have place at La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL . Exporecerca is a national exhibition of research projects carried out by young people aged 12 to 30 years with the aim of encouraging other young people to do research and promote the exchange of experiences.
If you are young, a researcher and want to participate in Exporecerca Jove you need to know that the theme of your work is completely free and for three days the participants at the fair will showcase their projects and get to know the work of other young people at the same time. Furthermore, all projects will be assessed by a jury from various academic and professional fields that will award the best together with the participation of the authors in other international competitions.
As in every edition, we will count with foreign students, out of the competition. Until now, people from Slovakia, Belgium, France, Turkey and Brazil have visited Exporecerca.
When will it have place? On 10th, 11th and 12th April 2014.
Where?  At La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL. Sala de Congressos. C/Lluçanès, 41. Barcelona