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01/02/2016

School are vital in the fight against juvenile delinquency

Official figures indicate that juvenile delinquency in Spain has dropped in recent years. But at the same time it has changed, adopting forms and posing new challenges, which are not exactly easy to deal with. This is one of the main conclusions of the 6th Conference on Criminology organized jointly by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Centre for Legal Studies and Specialized Training (CEJFE), which this year was entitled "Criminology faced with juvenile delinquency and its new forms".

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27/01/2016

Universities, united to open an international centre for research into social entrepreneurship

Together with six Catalan universities and business schools, the UOC has met with the management of the Yunus Centre, led by the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, to create a Social Business Centre in Barcelona, an academic space that will foster social entrepreneurship and innovation to fight youth unemployment in the capital. The meeting was held on 26 January as part of the Social Business City Barcelona conference.

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25/01/2016

Tennis players are the victims

Corruption has once again tainted the world of sport. Sports betting has sullied the once impeccable world of professional tennis. The result is that more than a dozen elite players have been accused of being implicated. Yet fining or even arresting these sportspeople is not the solution, "because this kind of action will not eradicate these fraudulent practices," warns Xavier Pastor, Conflict Resolution lecturer at the UOC.

Tourist numbers will reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

04/12/2015

Urban planning and ethical economics experts call for a rethink on the tourism model, both in Barcelona

A more prominent role for citizens, cooperatives and non-profit organizations; a rethink of the wealth generation and redistribution models, and the design of alternatives capable of becoming consolidated. These are some of the formulas put forward by three specialists in various fields, Jordi Borja, Roger Sunyer and Albert Arias, at the Impactes del turisme i l'economia ciutadana (Impacts of Tourism and the Civic Economy) round table discussion, organized by the UOC on 2 December at the CCOO headquarters in Barcelona.

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24/11/2015

40 measures against corruption for the 20-D general elections

Political corruption continues to be one of citizens' top concerns. According to the latest data from the CIS barometer, corresponding to September, corruption holds second place for Spanish citizens, just behind unemployment. But how can we combat or even eradicate corruption? The Spanish chapter of Transparency International (TI), the only international NGO specifically created to combat corruption, has presented a list of 40 anti-corruption measures targeting political parties, specifically with the general elections of 20 December in mind.

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19/11/2015

Thirty million refugee children are denied their human rights

Nearly half the total population of refugees, estimated to be 60 million people, are below the age of 18. Due to their refugee status, these 30 million children suffer the most extreme situation of vulnerability and exclusion. "In this sense, it can be said that they are denied all their human rights, especially in such vital areas as health, education and their personal development, as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990)", states Tomás Jiménez Araya, lecturer for the UOC University Master's Degree in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization and consultant with UNICEF.

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17/11/2015

The UOC produces 5,200 graduates trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of ICT

The EU claims that between now and 2020, some 900,000 ICT-related jobs will be created that will not be possible to fill due to a lack of training. As the Ametic technology employers' association has warned, professional profiles are being sought but are not being found. In this context, the UOC calls on the role of the university as an economic powerhouse, offering precisely the range of courses adapted to the real needs of the job market and training skilled professionals. This year, another 5,200 people will graduate from the UOC, trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of information and communication technologies.

Photo: David Campos/UOC

17/11/2015

The UOC produces 5,200 graduates trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of ICT

The EU claims that between now and 2020, some 900,000 ICT-related jobs will be created that will not be possible to fill due to a lack of training. As the Ametic technology employers' association has warned, professional profiles are being sought but are not being found. In this context, the UOC calls on the role of the university as an economic powerhouse, offering precisely the range of courses adapted to the real needs of the job market and training skilled professionals. This year, another 5,200 people will graduate from the UOC, trained to meet the needs of the job market in the field of information and communication technologies.

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05/11/2015

Experts on social movements study the existence of emerging collective identities

A study by researchers from several universities, including the UOC, published in Information, Communication & Society, a leading review in the field of communications, looks at the emergence of multitudinous identities born of the social movements in the networked society that have become part of the political landscape since 2011.

Wiebe E. Bijker

21/07/2015

"In our current democracies, there is too small a role for citizens"

Wiebe E. Bijker is professor of Technology & Society at the University of Maastricht. He trained as an engineer in Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology, studied philosophy at University of Groningen, and holds a PhD in the Sociology and History of Technology from University of Twente. Bijker helped to create the European master's degree in European Society, Science and Technology (ESST), the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC), and the research master programme Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), and served as their director. He is currently chairman of the Board of the NWO-WOTRO/Science for Global Development research council, and member of the Board of the Rathenau Institute (the Dutch Technology Assessment Institute).