ii. Physical Campus

The location of the various e-MTA Campuses, their various types and their specific features, implies a need for special conditions and situations, which must be handled in different ways depending on each case. We will review below the current situation the campuses are in for each university, the objectives set and the actions needed to achieve them.

Current situation of the Physical Campus

Current situation of the UIB’s Physical Campus

The UIB’s facilities are on the three largest islands in the Balearic archipelago: Majorca, Minorca, and Ibiza. As we have mentioned, this lack of geographic unity has led to the development and use of technological solutions that help overcome physical separation. The university campus, located in Palma (Majorca), can be found at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, awarded the status of World Heritage of Humanity by the  UNESCO in the category of cultural landscape in June 2011.

Each of the Strategic Focal Points put forward in the e-MTA Campus proposal implies the existence of overall improvements in the university environment in which these initiatives will be carried out.

In addition to the university centres in Alaior (Minorca) and in Ibiza, in Majorca the UIB has buildings in the city centre of Palma (Sa Riera, 19th Century, and Can Oleo, 16th Century, listed Cultural Interest Properties) and a Campus 7.5 km away on the Valldemossa road. It covers 922,700 m2, 37.70% of which is countryside. It offers the courses in the various fields in 12 main buildings with the management, halls of residence and sporting areas. It has a good access road and is connected to Palma city by various bus lines and by the only underground line on the islands. It has sustainable internal transport solutions provided free of charge, such as a bus that takes a circular route and bicycle loans. It is next to the ParcBit Technological Park.

With help from the “Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo” (CAM) savings bank, the Biodiversitat Foundation, and the Environmental Department of the Balearic regional government, over 3,500 trees are being planted on campus: elm and ash trees in the wetter areas and Holm oaks. As part of the process of contracting landscaping services, we are seeking a significant improvement in investments in reforestation and the design of new landscaped areas in accordance with UIB guidelines.

Current situation of the UdG’s Physical Campus

Since it was created, 20 years ago, the UdG’s development project has been closely linked with the development project for the city of Girona, in such a way that the full integration of the campus in the city has been a determining factor in shaping and developing the city in social, cultural, economic and planning terms.

The University of Gerona Campus is organised around three main hubs: the Barri Vell Campus, in the heart of the historical centre of the city; the Montilivi Campus, in the southern extreme of the city; and the Centre Campus, in the modern city centre. In the near future, on the University Campus and in the city itself, a fundamental strategic change will take place when the Health Sciences campus is built in the northern extreme of the city.

The Barri Vell campus is located in the old city centre, in the heart of medieval Girona, in surroundings enshrined with unique history, heritage and culture. Without the establishment of the UdG in this area of the city, its restoration, cleaning and revitalisation would not have been possible. The Barri Vell campus is made up of a collection of buildings from the medieval and renaissance periods that over time have been restored within the framework of a larger project carried out across the city in order to preserve its great cultural heritage. Historical buildings of great value in terms of their heritage have been recovered: the Les Aligues building, the original home of the Estudio General de Girona, founded by King Alphonse the Magnanimous in 1446, and which now houses the University Rectorate; the old convent of Sant Domènec current headquarters of the faculty of arts; the Sant Domènec church, currently undergoing a conversion process to become the main lecture room of the UdG.

Other important buildings have also been restored, such as the Small Seminary building as the office of the Faculty of Education and Psychology. Placing the University Rectorate and Humanities studies in the old town, just on the edges of the internationally known Jewish quarter “el Call jueu”, was a strategic decision adopted jointly by the University, the City Council and the Autonomous Government, which has helped socially revitalise this sector of the city and reverse the increasingly noticeable deterioration of the old town and the decline in population that had been taking place since the seventies. Nowadays, it is certainly one of the most attractive areas of the city, which, from an architectural point of view, is home to a series of buildings of great value from an architectural, historical and cultural standpoint, with modern restoration, both attractive and practical, making them worthy of important architecture and design awards.

In terms of area the Montilivi Campus is the UdG’s largest, with a total area of 175,000 m2. The University’s construction of new, modern buildings at this end of the city, which 20 years ago still maintained a certain rural character, was carried out with the maximum respect for the environment. It has been a driving force for the city’s southward growth, complying with strict sustainability criteria of, maintaining 67.20% vegetation cover, and 118.256 m2 of woodlands.

The Montilivi Campus houses the scientific and technical courses (Faculty of Sciences and the Polytechnic School of Higher Education, which is spread throughout four different buildings) and social sciences courses, i.e. Economics, Law and Tourism. The departments and research institutes of these fields of knowledge are located on this campus, as is the Student Information and Advice Centre (CIAE), the sports campus, and the largest secondary school in the area, the IES Montilivi, with which the University shares projects within the CEI framework. The recently opened university housing, in addition to the student residences, can also be found on this campus, along with the main library building, which offers all the benefits and services of a Learning and Research Resource Centre (CRAI). Lastly, we should highlight the existence of the Scientific and Technological Park of the University of Gerona (PCiT), located near the Campus.

The Central Campus, located in the centre of the modern city, houses the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Nursing building on one side, and on the other side the University of Gerona’s Innovation and Training Foundation centre, where the UdG’s further education is provided.

In turn, the construction of the Health Sciences campus, at the northern end of the city, is one of the most ambitious projects in the near future for the University of Gerona (UdG). Surrounding the Health Sciences Campus will be a complex of buildings for academic, medical, health care, research and transfer, which unmistakeably indicates an emphasis on international scope. The campus, at only 500 metres from the current site of the Dr. Josep Trueta Girona University Hospital (where building a new centre is also in process) will also house the Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IdIBGi), the UdG Medical Foundation, the University’s research centres and the university hospital, joint centres and provincial health care players such as Dipsalut, etc. This campus will be connected by a bridge over the river Ter to the Pont Major neighbourhood, where the Narcís Xifra i Masmitjá IES is located, in which health care training courses will be offered and it is planned that projects within the CEI framework will be shared.

The Physical Campus’ Objectives

The aim of the e-MTA Campus is to create a sustainable campus, which will act as a socially dynamic university campus integrated into its surroundings, from both a territorial point of view and in terms of setting up alliances with strategic partners.

The fact that the Technological Parks (PCiT for the UdG and ParcBit for the UIB) are right next to  both  university  campuses  and  their  involvement  in  solving  strategic  approaches  in various settings, as well as their excellent transport connections, allows this integration to be an ideal stage for the practical application education, research and transferring research results.

The following areas must be dealt with. They are immediate objectives to be achieved within the framework of the Campus’ overall objective of excellence:

  1. Urban development and service improvements; integration of the campus
  2. Improvements to historic buildings and infrastructures
  3. Fitting out the facilities
  4. New buildings
  5. Removing architectural barriers and improving mobility

The UIB is involved in the procedure to modify the Special Campus Plan. This is the planning document regulating the Campus and dates back to 1987. The modification is intended to adapt it to the regulations in force and to protect the Font de la Vila wetlands, which are now classified as development land and will be converted into a large central park. Sufficient area must be available for construction to allow the UIB to achieve its objectives as an educational institution. The zoning must be coherent with the new roads and routes for accessing the campus. The residential area will be moved from part of the wetland to preserve it. The 25 houses for lecturers will be changed for a block of government-subsidised homes for use by the university community. In order to achieve environmentally-friendly improvements to mobility, the traffic system will be redefined. Traffic will be shifted away to the periphery. We will encourage pedestrian use on campus, making it easier to walk between buildings and breathe life into the areas located between those buildings that are currently being under-used. Car parks will be built at the  entrance  to  the  campus,  at  the  exit,  and  around  the  Campus’  periphery. Pedestrian movement will be encouraged and access to the campus from the underground station in the south will be included as a determining factor for the solutions to be adopted.

The fact that the Campus is located in a rural area structured around a wetland through which the Font de la Vila water system flows means that this must be protected. This has meant the entire wetland is protected, turning it into a large park in the centre of the campus in harmony with the rural environment.

The original design of the Campus must be adapted to take advantage of the value of its ethnological heritage and improve the landscape with consistent and appropriate internal landscaping, which includes environmental education criteria, preserving the existing countryside and making it accessible and desirable for its user group, contributing to creating an atmosphere of ethical and aesthetic values that will serve as a mirror for society.

In the case of the UdG, the layout has already been explained of a Campus fully integrated in the city of Gerona, which results in possible very positive synergies for development both of the university and the city. The pleasant size of the city of Gerona, and its adequate city transport service, means that people can move between the various campuses and connection is provided between university life and that of the city.

We can say that the UdG Campus is now in a situation of suitable development for the work and objectives of the University. However the university campus must still grow and become fully consolidated. Two special strategic projects are priorities, both closely related to the objectives of excellence for the conversion project to CEI: The Tourism Faculty, of crucial importance for the University project, and International House are both related to the core of the investment actions planned by the UdG within the scope of the CEI and for which it is requesting funding. The building project for the Health Science Campus will be dealt with later on, when all its sources of funding have been decided with the Autonomous Community.

In order to achieve the objectives of the e-MTA Campus, the UdG campus must also complete the planning of the Montilivi campus, improving the adaptation and improvement of public areas, the internal mobility conditions of the campus, safety and suitable signposting for the buildings and fittings. These actions are of a supplementary nature to the others related to full accessibility for people to all the campus facilities and the safety and sustainability of the laboratories and other equipment.

Physical Campus actions

An Integral Development Plan will be developed and promoted on the e-MTA Campus for integration of know-how, transport, services, education, productive areas, cultural districts, etc. The relevant actions are as follows:

  • A.B.2, Postgrad Study Centre
  • A.B.3, Learning Centre
  • A.G.1, International House
  • A.G.2, Tourism Faculty
  • B.B.3, University-Company Laboratory
  • B.C.3, Laboratory Sustainability Audit
  • C.B.1, MEJORA project
  • C.C.1, VPO project for rental and refurbishment of Isaac el Cec apartments
  • C.C.3, Improvement in swimming pool water quality and recycling for use by sprinkling systems (UIB) and including an Olympic rowing canal (UdG)
  • C.C.5, ELIMINA project
  • C.C.7, Examination technologies and electrical connection of the first rows of the lecture rooms
  • C.G.1, Improvement in the planning of the Montilivi campus of the UdG

Proyecto financiado por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte en el marco del Programa Campus de Excelencia Internacional

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