i. Current situation

During the 2010-11 academic year, the UIB and the UdG offer 31 and 38 degrees respectively, adapted to the EHEA, implying adaptation of 100% of the previous degrees, but some of them have also been eliminated and a few new ones are offered to cover current needs. The new study plans stand out for their employability approach, which is shown by the internships carried out in companies, for example.

International quality postgraduateIn the 2010-11 academic year, the postgraduate offer adapted to the EHEA in both universities is structured in 33 master’s training courses at the UIB and 40 at the UdG already adapted to the EHEA, and 27 and 5 PhD programmes respectively. It should be highlighted that the dimension both in the number of degrees and the master’s programmes is the same in both Campus universities, whereas the PhDs at the UdG have been based on the concentration within the framework of the new International PhD School. Of the 73 university master’s training courses offered, 25 are inter-university (8 at the UIB and 17 at the UdG) and 7 are fully in English (2 at the UIB and 5 at the UdG, two of these being Erasmus Mundus; one of them within the scope of Tourism, fundamental in this Campus). We can highlight that 11 of the aforementioned PhDs at the UIB and 4 at the UdG have a Quality Award granted by the Ministry and their training periods include the relevant master’s training courses (in the recent call for the Excellence Award, a total of 16 PhD programmes of the Campus received a final favourable report from ANECA). There are another 2 programmes with Quality Awards at the UIB in compliance with Royal Decree 778/1998. This means 50% of the PhD degree programmes at the e-MTA Campus have obtained a Quality Award, which is outstanding compared with the average of Spanish universities (32%). Academic management of these courses is the responsibility of the Postgraduate Centre (CEP) at the UIB and the UdG PhD School.

The CSIC also collaborates through the joint institutes IMEDEA and IFISC and the CEAB in offering different master’s courses related to the subjects for this project (Master’s courses in physics, global change, advanced microbiology, marine ecology, the environment, etc.) as well as supervision of PhD degree students at both universities. In addition, the CSIC collaborates (through the IFISC) with the Max Planck Society in Dresden and joint workshops are regularly held. This collaboration will be a basic aspect for one of the lines of the future International PhD School.

Adapting the degrees to the EHEA has implied the relevant adaptation of the buildings and facilities throughout the whole Campus, part of this was performed by means of subsidies granted to both universities through the Reinforcement 2010 sub-programme. In this respect, there are a total of 190 lecture rooms on the UIB campus, including the sites in Minorca and Ibiza, of which 150 (79%) have been fully adapted to the EHEA as regards infrastructure and furniture. The audiovisual material has also been renewed and 8 new lecture rooms have been fitted with videoconferencing equipment, which means that there are currently 24 videoconference lecture rooms with more than 4,000 hours of use so far; this equipment has also been renewed in 5 of them. There is now Wi-Fi coverage in 100% of the lecture rooms, laboratories, offices and common indoor areas, including libraries and cafeterias, as well as most outdoor areas.

At the UdG this adaptation encompasses as much as 92% of the lecture rooms with Wi-Fi systems covering the whole campus. A firm focus has been placed on providing new services for the two large Campus libraries (10,141 m2), thus converting them into real EHEA-adapted resource centres for learning and research.

Both universities are placed in outstanding positions in various Spanish university rankings; in this respect, in the CyD 2010 Report, the UdG is in 7th position for overall teaching quality, 7th in academic performance, 7th in students per PDI (Teaching and Research Staff) and 16th in attracting students from outside the province. In the Universia 2008 ranking, the UdG Library is in 5th place out of 56 and, according to this report, it is number one for the services offered. We can also highlight the positions of both universities in research due to their influence on postgraduate training (master’s and PhDs, therefore in the SCIR 2010 Latin American Ranking (SCImago Report), the UIB and the UdG are in 2nd and 4th positions respectively as regards international collaboration, in 5th and 9th position in average scientific quality and in 7th and 10th position in the percentage of publications in the first quartile. All these figures have been obtained by comparing 51 public universities in Spain. See sub-section 2.b for further details.

In order to achieve a level of excellence in the campus and comply with the planned objectives as regards improvement of teaching and adaptation to the EHEA, and bearing in mind the physical features of the Campus, it is indispensable to improve the tools used for virtual teaching, both for graduate degrees and, in particular, for the master’s courses. In the case of the UIB, the current improvement of the IT infrastructure in the lecture rooms and e-Campus structure must be continued and new ICT-based tools must be implemented to support the collaborative work and contribute to greater teaching flexibility (e-labs, mobile virtual lecture rooms, etc.). These issues are even more important due to the multi-insular nature of the campus, a situation that has been the basis for a decided commitment to ICT and the significant development that has taken place in this field: there are 3 fully on-line official degrees (graduate and master’s) plus 12 partially on-line qualifications (10 graduate, 2 master’s degrees), as well as resources such as the Shared Virtual Campus with the G9 group of universities, the Campus Extens platform, etc.

In the last few years, the UdG has invested funds in designing skill-based teaching planning and monitoring tools, and the virtual campus platform (La Meva) included in Moodle lecture rooms in the 2009-10 academic year. Work is also being carried out on e-administration, among other projects, regarding the formalities to be carried out by students. The e-administration project is a shared and joint project within the ACUP (Catalan Association of Public Universities).

Being aware of the great importance of the Education-Research-Transfer approach, the e-MTA Campus, jointly with the institutions and companies participating in the project, are firmly committed to high quality postgraduate education as a stimulus for this approach. The aim of this project is to transform the e-MTA Campus, with the collaboration of CSIC and ICRA, into international reference centres for innovation and sustainable tourism and water, and a hub for important international scientific collaborations in pre-existing areas of excellence, which in turn support innovation ecosystems in tourism and water.

In order to achieve this, the project is aimed at consolidating and reinforcing excellence in research on which the campus’ specialisation lines are based, which have high quality PhDs and solid collaboration between the CSIC and the universities participating in the Campus; and to promote innovation and reinforce the mechanisms for transferring the results from research, particularly in sustainable tourism, water and the environment, a field in which there have already been transfer actions and in which there are also related graduate and postgrad courses. In both cases, the basic instrument for achieving this is headhunting international researchers and teaching staff in general, as well as students, especially postgraduate students.

From this standpoint, postgrad courses are not just the hub of the aforementioned Education – Research – Transfer interaction, but also a basic and integrating differentiating element of the e-MTA Campus (and the PRES-PM), according to the specialisation, quality and level of internationalisation, meaning that it stands out in the national and international university context. Due to all the foregoing and the importance of postgrad education within the framework of the ERA (European Research Area), an important part of the actions planned in the e-MTA Campus project are designed for postgrads (masters and PhDs) thus emphasising excellence and internationalisation in teaching and research, in collaboration with the CSIC and ICRA, and in the specialisation of the educational offer on different levels (vertical curricula). Among the goals, there is the target of setting up the International PhD School, within the scope of the e-MTA Campus and the PRES-PM cross-border group.

The UdG and the UIB promote the PRES-PM project within the framework of the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, together with the Perpignan-Via Domitia University and the Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris VI University (through the Oceanographic Observatory of Banyuls) and among their priority lines of research and higher education are sustainable tourism and water, as shown in their by-laws and strategic plan.

One of the fundamental actions of the e-MTA Campus is the two universities jointly creating an International PhD School with two important lines: the physics, computing and applications line, with the support of CSIC and the Max Planck Society, and the sustainable tourism and water line, which will be developed with the support of the PRES-PM universities, the CSIC and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

Another important action that has been planned is the design of double degrees and joint master’s and PhDs, being firmly committed to Erasmus Mundus master’s degrees and promoting agreements for co-PhD thesis supervision with institutions in other countries. The e-MTA Campus is in a position to act as a driving force in this field. Since the 2006-2007 academic year, the UdG has offered two international Erasmus Mundus master’s degrees, both taught in English and directly related to the current e-MTA Campus project: The Erasmus Mundus master’s in European tourism management (coordinated by the UdG) and the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Vision and Robotics. Moreover, at the UIB there is a double PhD degree agreement with the CIEMAV (Mexico) in science and chemical technology and a double master’s degree, including a master’s degree in cultural heritage: research and management (UIB) and master’s training courses in arts and humanities and history at the People’s Friendship University of Russia (PFUR).

Along the same lines and in order to respond to the problem of jobs for doctors, the UIB and the UdG participate in Cross-Border Doctorials, residential seminars to prepare PhD students for their post-thesis period, helping them find jobs in the public and private sectors and promoting spin-offs being set up. These were organised for the first time in 2008 in Canet de Roussillon (France) by the University of Perpignan-Via Domitia, internationally extending the successful accumulated experience from several national editions. In 2010 they have been repeated in the same city. In 2009 they were held in the Balearic Islands, organised by the UIB, and several UdG researchers participated as tutors and evaluators of some of the research work involved.

Training within the scope of the Campus’ specialisation lines

Training within the framework of the Tourism Sustainability Line (LST) is supported by the following studies:

Studies related to the LST

Courses LSTWe should also highlight that in the 2001-10 period, 27 PhD theses were presented on the subject of tourism and the environment at the UIB and 10 at the UdG in the 2005-10 period. Therefore the Tourism faculties of both universities provide a potential that makes them the greatest reference on a State level within the scope of tourism research. The UdG is also the leader in the offer of tourism degrees in Catalonia, with 5 schools included, most of them in Barcelona. One of the main assets of this proposal for a Campus of Excellence is the coordination by the UdG of the European Master’s Degree in Tourism Management, the only Master’s in Europe with Erasmus Mundus categorisation within the scope of tourism and with more than 500 applications for 20 places every year. Moreover, the national reference centre for vocational training in tourism at the Hotel and Catering School of the UIB Campus1 which jointly financed actions last year with subsidies from the Reinforcement 2010 sub-programme, is an important element as regards training within the context of the LST and will also enable UIB’s experience in e-learning and remote education to be transferred to the field of tourism. Another key training element is the recently granted Interreg RES’PIR project, with the participation of both the UIB and the UdG, an ongoing training initiative offered to current and future tourism professionals and other related players within the cross-border framework.

We can also highlight both universities’ collaboration with the Higher Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITESM), unquestionably a reference in higher education institutions in Central America.

Water Innovations PoleThe second specialisation line of the e-MTA Campus is the Water Line (LH2O), which is naturally interrelated with the Sustainable Tourism Line. The UdG has 8 degrees related to Water, 5 master’s courses (2 in English, one of them an Erasmus Mundus), providing access to the PhD programmes with a quality award for experimental sciences and sustainability, and technology. The research lines, the consolidated competitive groups and the e-MTA Campus institutes are not only an international specialisation and headhunting element, but also an opportunity to provide coherence to the structure of the e-MTA Campus’ curriculum: higher education, graduate, master’s degree and PhD. Connection with vocational training centres is one of the objectives as well as design and continuity of some of the stages of the degree courses offered, in this manner structuring reinforcement and consistence in the fields of specialisation in the proposal, by means of involving all the training sectors. This is what we call curriculum differentiation and specifically the vertical curricula.

We provide below a list of the courses related to the Water Line. Observe their significant intersection with those corresponding to the Sustainable Tourism Line, an example of the aforementioned interrelation of both lines.

Studies related to the LH2O

5 doctorates in LFCA and LASWithin the framework of the Physics, Computing and Applications Line (LFCA), training is provided through the following courses:


Studies related to the LFCA

We can also highlight PhD level seminars regularly held jointly by the IFISC and the Max Planck Society in Dresden, as well as the IAC3’s collaboration with the Max Planck Society in Hanover with which a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed, which will contribute to setting up an International PhD School of the e-MTA.

Finally, in the graduate courses of the Food and Health Line (LAS), the quality stands out of the courses provided at the Faculties of Medicine and Nursing of the UdG. In both faculties the Problem Based Learning system (ABP) has been implemented, with very small groups (10 students), which ensures that the students have an excellent level of teaching. The teaching methodology in the Faculty of Medicine at the UdG is pioneer in Spain and applies the internationally recognised concepts of the Maastricht University in Holland or the McMaster University in Canada. The Nursing Faculty of the UdG has been awarded the Jaume Vives Vives Distinction by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia for its teaching quality.

Courses related to LAS

The most relevant aspects as regards quality and internationalisation are detailed in the indicators annex, with a special emphasis on postgraduate courses.

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