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Implementing the Bologna Process and achieving excellence, challenges for the University of the Basque Country in the 2010-2011 academic year

2010 September 13

The 2010-2011 academic year was inaugurated this morning in the main lecture hall of the Leioa campus. For the first time, new students will commence degree courses that have been adapted in keeping with the standards imposed within the European Higher Education Area.

The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has described the future challenges that will be faced by the UPV as part of the university's "social responsibility". During the ceremony inaugurating the 2010-2011 academic year, celebrated this morning in the Leioa campus, the Lehendakari has called on the university world to forge "citizens who are better educated, more critical and who enjoy greater freedoms", "The citizens of this country should be proud of their university, which must prove capable of meeting the challenges faced by the society it serves", he emphasised. Moreover, in addition to the Lehendakari, the official inauguration ceremony of the new academic year was attended by the Basque Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Isabel Celaá, and the Vice-chancellor of the UPV-EHU, Iñaki Goirizelaia. During his speech, the Lehendakari drew attention to the full support provided to the UPV by the Basque Government, which "must become manifest in the near future, in both the 2011-2014 University Plan and the new 2011-2015 Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation". The Lehendakari also highlighted the importance of offering university education based on "the promotion of excellence in learning", which he established as "one of the objectives that we must fulfil over the course of the next few years".

The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has called on the UPV to assist in forging citizens "who are better educated, more critical and who enjoy greater freedoms" grounded on the "social responsibility" of this institution, given that "the citizens of this country should be proud of their university, which must prove capable of meeting the challenges faced by the society it serves". The 2010-2011 academic year commences with a new feature as all degree courses have been adapted in keeping with the standards imposed within the European Higher Education Area. The Lehendakari has defended the UPV's commitment to provide "teaching centred on learning" in search of "excellence". "Encouraging excellence in learning is one of the objectives that we must fulfil over the course of the next few years", the Lehendakari assured, drawing attention to the full support provided to the UPV by the Basque Government, which will become manifest in both the 2011-2014 University Plan and the new 2011-2015 Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation.

The academic year that commenced today in the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea presents an important new feature: all new students will begin degree courses that have been adapted in keeping with the standards imposed within the European Higher Education Area. This represents, in the words of the Lehendakari, "an extremely important challenge". In addition to the Lehendakari, the official inauguration ceremony of the new academic year was attended by the Basque Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Isabel Celaá, and the Vice-chancellor of the UPV-EHU, Iñaki Goirizelaia.

The Lehendakari made reference to his recent trip to the U.S.A., where he visited the renowned universities of Berkeley and Stanford, citing these institutions as examples of the commitment to excellence in education that must guide the actions of the Basque Government and the UPV. To this end, the Lehendakari has drawn attention to the support provided by the Executive, in spite of the current economic crisis, that will be made manifest in both the 2011-2014 University Plan and the new 2011-2015 Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation. Furthermore, as an example of this support, López has cited the grants for excellence, approved this month by the Cabinet and aimed at exceptional students, irrespective of the income of their families, as a step forward in this regard. In exchange, the Lehendakari has called for "efficacy, efficiency and transparency" in the management of public resources.

Campus for excellence

In the near future, the commitment to excellence will come under scrutiny as the Basque Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Isabel Celaá, has announced the public presentation of the project submitted to the International Campus of Excellence program, wherein the UPV is running as a candidate.

During her address, the Minister explained that the new Bologna Process will entail "new methodology, which is more open, more participative and more personalised, affording protagonism to each and every student". Moreover, over the course of the next few years, the Ministry will eliminate certain degree courses and incorporate new courses, based on the demand that exists.

In Celaá's opinion, the internationalisation of the public university, which forms the focus of the objectives of the new 2011-2014 University Plan, and the inclusion of English in lecture rooms represent features that will facilitate the process of drawing teachers from other countries and exchanging teachers with other countries.

 

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