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Connected to the labor and technology market: This is the university of today

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Work photography is changing. According to the study The future of work in Europe, conducted by the consulting firm McKinsey Global Institute – analyzing around 1,100 local labor markets in the 27 EU member countries plus the UK and Switzerland – over the next decade more than half of Europe’s workforce will need to make significant facial transitions. Some 94 million workers will need to retrain their skills, particularly in new technologies, if they don’t want to be left behind.

Currently the profiles Economy & Technology They are the most sought after. However, it is not easy to find sufficiently trained specialists in these disciplines. The philosophy of Alfonso X el Sabio University (UAX) adapted to this reality. It offers a disruptive educational model guided by practice, technology and teamwork. With an innovative and strategic vision, they adapt teachings to the evolution of work ecosystems, reinventing themselves as often as necessary in an agile and operational way.

Our Maker educational model is based on experiential and interdisciplinary learning. Developed in collaboration with more than 50 companies, it guarantees the acquisition of the necessary skills and abilities

Luisa Fernanda Rodríguez, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Applied Languages

“UAX has addressed today’s labor law challenges by incorporating subjects into our curriculum that train our students to respond to the new job profiles demanded by today’s companies. The degree in Business Intelligence or the Master’s degree in Big Data & Analytics reflect the commitment to the new and changing reality that young people have to face,” explains Dr. Luisa Fernanda Rodríguez, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Applied Languages.

Method adapted to the present time

UAX defines itself as a “maker” university (literally “manufacturer” in English, but also “creator” or “author”). His absolutely avant-garde teaching methodology enables the student to be the owner of his own learning. “Our Maker educational model is based on experiential and interdisciplinary learning. Developed in collaboration with more than 50 leading companies at national and international level, from different sectors, it guarantees the acquisition of the skills and abilities that are currently needed,” explains Rodríguez.

The methodology agile it is also part of the teaching methods. Applied transversally, it increases student productivity while improving their motivation and engagement in the group. “The integration of interdisciplinary projects and working methods, e.g agile learning, They help to bring our students closer to the professional world and thus mimic the processes they will develop when carrying out their work,” emphasizes the Dean.

Rely on the latest technology

Technique plays a very important role in training. According to the most recent World Economic Forum, a large percentage of the 133 million jobs that will be created over the course of 2022 will require skills related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations. According to Rodríguez, “This technological development will create new professional profiles that do not currently exist and that will require training. Obviously, in this process of continuous adaptation, STEM subjects will no doubt play a big role.”

UAX Skill School, UAX Digital Garage and U-Lab play an important role in the high employability of the students.

Professional degrees

Possible career opportunities weigh heavily on the choice of study. For this reason, it is essential to adhere to the requirements of the labor market. in the UAX They don’t stop looking for change. “After a thorough analysis of the vacancies published on LinkedIn, we have concluded that it is essential to integrate knowledge required by companies into the degrees in order to promote our graduates’ access to quality jobs,” explains Luis Couceiro, Director of the School Higher Polytechnic at UAX.

To achieve this, they have launched several lines of action. “The UAX Skill School trains students in fundamental digital skills and soft skillsin high demand from companies: Analytical thinking (enables problem solving from different perspectives), Leadership & Ethics (provides tools for Inspiring, motivating and positively influencing people), Working in agility & diverse teams (it facilitates quick response to changes based on teamwork), Tell stories (develops the ability to communicate and tell a story) and disruptive thinking (promotes the development of creativity),” sums up Couceiro. The students of the Business & Tech Degrees find this knowledge integrated in the subjects and flow into their assessment. After passing, they receive a certificate from highly respected international institutions and universities that certify their knowledge.

Organizations are looking for differentiated profiles achieved through the professional certifications offered as part of the curriculum.

Luis Couceiro, director of the Higher Polytechnic School at UAX

UAX Digital Garage is another such promotion. “Engineering students receive certifications from Google and Microsoft in programming, data and user experience, where, again integrated into subjects, they study the content and receive certificates from the above-mentioned leading companies”, specifies the director of the Polytechnic School Superior in UAX .

the university of the company

in the UAX There is no gap between business and university. The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Applied Languages ​​emphatically affirms it. “UAX is the company’s university because all of our programs allow our students to have an immersive experience in professional environments with experiential and interdisciplinary learning.”

UAX Skill School, UAX Digital Garage and U-Lab (where engineering students carry out interdisciplinary projects with other students from other majors and with leading companies in their industry) play an important role in the high employability of the students.

The “agile” methodology is part of the teaching methods of UAX. Applied transversally, it increases student productivity while improving their motivation and engagement in the group.

“Companies are looking for differentiated profiles achieved through the professional certifications offered as part of the curriculum, proficiency in Data, UX and programming by Google and Microsoft as well as interdisciplinary projects with companies. Some, like Avanade or Sacyr, have a presence on our campuses and others, like B2Space, are collaborating to launch a CubeSat (a nanosatellite) into space with our engineering students,” concludes Couceiro, Director of the Higher Polytechnic School at UAX.

Interact in a real ecosystem

Giving students the opportunity to have real-world experience with leading companies across all industries is essential at UAX. The university has a Business Intelligence degree, the first in Spain to be promoted by the Big Four (Deloitte, PWC, EY and KPMG) as main partners. The program provides for the implementation of curricular and extracurricular internships in the Big Four from the second year of study in order to achieve 100% employability.

UAX has also signed an alliance with Avanade (a leader in consulting and digital and cloud services) to integrate the company into the education model. The company has its own premises on the Villanueva de la Cañada campus to develop projects in collaboration with the university. As part of this agreement, Avanade employees will work with teachers and students in different cells.

This is how Ramón Miranda, Director of Innovation at Avanade Europe, explains it. “The cooperation agreement covers various aspects from the promotion of STEM careers for future university students to the creation of joint projects that will be part of a digital twin (smart campus) of the UAX campus in Villanueva de la Cañada, which aims to improve sustainability of the facilities to promote. Currently, within the innovation lab, there are three use cases in very advanced stages: “monitoring and managing the comfort level in the classrooms, UAX Smart Space (for managing spaces and accessibility) and the sustainability control robot on campus,” Miranda finishes.


Source elpais.com

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