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TECHNOLOGY AND FOOD / 3D printers are starting to be used in very diverse spheres. These machines, as well as being used to print components in the industrial sector, manufacture prostheses for the medical sector, or produce various decorative figures, are now starting to be used in the kitchen. For the moment, it is in the kitchens of large restaurants and catering services; however, in the near future, they aim to take their place between the toaster and the coffee maker and become like any other kitchen appliance.

CYBERSECURITY / The Internet of things is the future, but it is a very vulnerable future. The emerging wireless technology sector is experiencing exponential growth. It is expected that by 2020 there will be some 50 billion smart devices around the world operating via WiFi connection, but this modernity and ease may have a very high price. It is because smart light bulbs, clocks and televisions, to name but a few examples, offer easy access to hackers.

EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION / The UOC has created a pioneering app in education so that university students can learn by playing. It is called Quadrivia and it is similar to the well-known Trivial Pursuit. Players have to answer multiple-choice questions with four possible answers, of which only one is correct. Open to the whole of the university community and to anyone with a higher education profile seeking to try out their knowledge, the initiative reinforces the commitment made by the UOC to provide students with different learning resources.

VIDEOGAMES AND EDUCATION / The UOC Virtual Library is providing students of the Game Design course, of the Master’s Degree in Video Game Design and Development, codes for the downloading and subsequent study of audiovisual products on Steam. This digital platform, created in 2003, currently has over 9 million regular users and is considered a leader in video games for PCs with 75% of the digital market, according to data from Bloomberg. The University is therefore committed to the video game as a learning tool.

BUSINESS ORGANIZATION / New entrepreneurs and new workers are searching for points of reference to act as role models and encourage them to develop their professional careers. These key figures are mentors, professionals who, although they hail from historical models associated with learning, are a new and growing phenomenon in business. Joan Torrent, professor with the UOC's Faculty of Economics and Business, will compare the relationship mentors have with those they are mentoring or their protgs with the relationship traditionally enjoyed between "teacher and student in the education sphere, or apprentice and master in industry". 

INTERVIEW WITH XAVIER ESCALES, ASICS COUNTRY MANAGER FOR SPAIN AND PORTUGAL AND UOC GRADUATE / Xavier Escales speaks well of his competitors because he considers them great allies in a noble project: helping to encourage people to do more sport. Escales is Country Manager for Spain and Portugal of the Japanese sports brand ASICS. He confesses that the three essential pillars of his life are family, work and sport and that the key to his happiness is having found the balance between them. We talk to him about the running fever, the beginnings of the brand in Spain and his experience at the UOC as a student of Business Administration and Management in the far off 1990s.

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  • Quadrivia: the first trivia game for university students

    The UOC has created a pioneering app in education so that university students can learn by playing. It is called Quadrivia and it is similar to the well-known Trivial Pursuit. Players have to answer multiple-choice questions with four possible answers, of which only one is correct. Open to the whole of the university community and to anyone with a higher education profile seeking to try out their knowledge, the initiative reinforces the commitment made by the UOC to provide students with different learning resources.

  • The UOC offers it employees flexibility in managing their working hours and work location

    A key commitment of the UOC is to offer its employees flexibility, so that they can balance their work and personal life. This allows them to manage the time they spend at work and to choose their work location, provided this has been previously agreed with their manager. Last year, 393 employees were able to telework, a measure which allows them to work virtually, without having to travel to the workplace. This commitment towards flexibility is set out in the third social responsibility report for 2014–2015, which the University has just published.

  • The UOC's mobile apps receive an honourable mention at the Learning Impact Awards

    UOC President Josep A. Planell has been named new president of the CINDA (Interuniversity Development Centre) network. This international non-profit network was created in 1971 to bring together universities from Latin America and Europe. The UOC is a full member of the Executive Committee. The change took place during the 49th Board of Directors’ Meeting, which was held on 17 October at the University of Campinas in Brazil.