Logroño, Feb 13 (EFE) .- The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) will reinforce in the 2018-2019 academic year its commitment to the goal that its students acquire transversal competences and double degrees, of which 21 will offer, two more that nowadays.
This has been explained to Efe in Logroño by the Vice Chancellor of Studies at the UCM, Pilar Herreros de Tejada, who considers it important that students have access to transversal skills, such as those related to entrepreneurship, the ability to work as a team, leadership, the capacity for expression and creativity.
He added that, “although all the curricula of the UCM have been accredited guaranteeing the acquisition of transversal competences, it is seen that it is very appropriate to reinforce this acquisition”, which is “important” because there are some students who finish their degree and, for example, they do not have good capacity for expression to defend their ideas.
The vice-chancellor has defended that, in general, the Spanish undergraduate students, in academic content, are better trained than the European average, but in transversal competences they have “a journey to do”.
Herreros de Tejada (Pamplona, 1962), linked to Logroño, where his family lives and where he has been practically since he was born, has added that the UCM will increase, one more course, the offer of double degrees, to which they will be added, in 2018-2019, those of Chemistry and Biology and Philosophy and General and Comparative Literature.
The demand for the double degrees is “very high”, according to the vice-chancellor, for whom “a person with a degree and a master can acquire a very good training”, but “the advantage of double degrees is that they offer a wider range in the formation”.
The students who access the double degrees tend to be especially motivated and their ability to exert more, he added, and his data indicate that the cut-off grade with which they are incorporated is usually two points higher than that of the individual degrees. originally.
To this has added that the UCM, for the first time, has offered two integrated degrees and master’s degrees with foreign universities, such as Political Science with a Mention in Human Rights and Social and Political Innovation with the IES of Toulouse (France) and of Law-Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza with the University of Bologna (Italy).
He has acknowledged that these degrees still have a minority character, but he has related that they are “a sample of the growing trend towards studies that offer a structured mobility”.
It has influenced that, in student mobility, Spain registers a lower percentage than the OECD average, but the UCM facilitates this experience because it defends that “the competences developed by the students participating in these programs improve their training and employability. up to 30%. “
Herreros de Tejada has pointed out that other means of student mobility must be developed, such as virtual mobility, which allows many more students to benefit from it.
This Madrid university will offer 162 master’s courses in the next academic year, including some new ones, such as those of Health Biology, Applied Ethics, Audiovisual Translation, Localization and Project Management and Literary Translation.
In addition, it will propose, for the first time, the possibility of taking the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training together with another master’s degree, in order to recognize the student a significant number of credits and in three semesters he can obtain both degrees.
It is “a highly specialized offer in most of the degrees, although some of them are of a more generic nature”, said Herreros de Tejada, who highlighted that all the degree and master’s degrees of the UCM have renewed their accreditation, which highlights its “continued commitment to the improvement of training, teaching and research.”
The UCM provides its students with complementary training in 26 languages, “with absolute rigor”, something that can contribute to “make a difference” in their preparation, along with transversal competences.
Their data indicate that the UCM has 74,292 students, of which 55,372 are undergraduate and graduate degrees and 12,365 graduate; and, by branches, 15.23% of the students are from Arts and Humanities; 9.8% of Sciences; 20.36% of Health Sciences; 49.95% of Social and Legal Sciences; and 4.65% of Engineering.
“In the UCM, a student is not a number”, underlined Herreros de Tejada, vice-rector of this university since 2015, where he graduated and PhD in Psychology, with stays in Oxford (United Kingdom) and Michigan (United States), and the one that has been linked for more than 27 years. EFE