Madrid – September 6, 2010. - D. Juan José Moreno, General Director of University Policies, led the inauguration this morning of the seventh edition of the International Days of University Innovation that took place the 6th and 7th of September at Universidad Europea de Madrid, with the support of the Conference of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE).
During his conference, University Innovation ten years after Bologna, Moreno affirmed that "education is the main driver for the transmission of knowledge and the European Space of Higher Education will be its foundation." In relation to the Bologna Process, Moreno indicated that it is the "most bold and significant change of the Spanish university in its recent history" and added that a "great part of this change is due to the important role played by those professors who got behind the Bologna Process." He also affirmed that the process allows more flexibility and wealth of offerings of undergraduate, master and doctoral degrees adapted to the needs of the society.
The event, organized by Universidad Europea de Madrid and open to all students in higher education, has become a reference for innovation in higher education throughout Spain, in addition to serving as an excellent forum for the exchange of experiences and reflection for professionals from throughout higher education.
The continuous increase in participation from other universities guarantees the prestige of the International Days of University Innovation, that this year will count on contributions from more than 300 professors and education professionals from more than 30 national and international universities.
The event focuses on areas relevant for university teaching, which are updated annually to adapt themselves to the latest trends in the sector. In 2010, and coinciding with the International Year of Cultural Rapprochement, the event is centered around subjects like management of the multicultural classroom, the internationalization and the globalization of curricula; development and the evaluation of competitions; online education and blended learning; continuing education; and attention to diversity and educating nontraditional students.
Tied to the celebration of these days is the awarding of the UEM Prize for Faculty Innovation, which is awarded every year, and aims to stimulate innovation in the classroom and to recognize the work of those professors working to adapt their teaching to the new context of the European Space of Higher Education (EEES). The winning projects, original and unpublished, were named during the closing ceremony of the Seventh International Days of University Innovation on September 7th. Congratulations to:
- David Carabantes Alarcón, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid for his work: Educational innovation for IT in Nursing Programs (Innovación educativa para Informática en el Grado de Enfermería)
- Juan José Ceballos Norte, Rosa María Mateos, Mohamed Lemrini, Miguel Ángel Vázquez, José Barrero, José Sánchez Sanz, Moisés Ruiz, Javier de la Rubia, Carlos Hierro, Alberto Albarrán y todo el equipo de "Silbato Mundial", from Universidad Europea de Madrid, for their work - UEMCOM RADIO: REINFORCING SKILLS THROUGH STREAMING AND PODCASTING (UEMCOM RADIO: REFUERZO DE COMPETENCIAS MEDIANTE STREAMING Y PODCASTING)
- Mª Angeles Fernández Díaz, Juan Luis González Pascual, Inmaculada López Martín, Esperanza Manso Martínez, from Universidad Europea de Madrid, for their work – Evaluación Participativa en Habilidades para Comunicar en 3º de Grado de Enfermería en el curso 2009/10: La escenificación como método docente y de evaluación.