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HUMAN RESOURCES / Employees that are able to balance their professional and personal lives, work to a flexible schedule, have a manager that acknowledges their work and provides a sense of autonomy, benefit from a good working environment with opportunities for training and growth within the company are, according to UOC Faculty of Economics and Business professor and human resources expert, Eva Rimbau," motivated and productive" employees.  Companies that offer their professional workforce an emotional salary "increase employee motivation" with less outlay than a corresponding "wage increase" would involve, says Rimbau.

HEALTH & ELDERLY PEOPLE / Detecting high-risk emotional states and maintaining healthy self-care habits are some of the needs that elderly people have. Finding innovative solutions for them will now be the job of university students, health professionals and members of a pensioners' social centre. All of them will be able to take part in the Collaborative Codesign Competition (CO3), a collaborative competition to foster solutions for the challenges that elderly people face in their daily lives and which will be held on 19 November. It is organized by HIMSS Europe, Badalona Serveis Assistencials (Badalona municipal care services) and the UOC, with assistance from the international network Aging 2.0.

SOCIAL ECONOMY / Last year, 215,000 people trusted an ethical bank to look after their money (according to the latest figures), 15% more than in 2014. This number of customers is forecast to continue rising, according to the 2015 Barometer of Ethical and Solidarity Finance. According to August Corrons, professor with the UOC's Faculty of Economics and Business, ethical banking “could help solve the systemic crisis we are experiencing” because it invests in social and environmental projects and avoids speculative projects. 

CORPORATIVE NEWS / The unstoppable march of technology brings with it increasing technological risk and the cyber threats faced by organizations are evolving and becoming ever more sophisticated. It is therefore vitally important that we have pioneering cybersecurity tools and that we bring business and academic research together. This forms the backdrop to the creation of the Chair in Cybersecurity, a result of the collaboration agreement between the UOC and IBM that came into operation this week.

CORPORATIVE NEWS / The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has published a report, in collaboration with the UOC's Faculty of Health Sciences, which explains how eHealth services can be successfully introduced within healthcare contexts. This report forms part of the PAHO’s global eHealth strategy (2014-2019) for Latin American countries to optimize and improve health services with eHealth and mHealth (mobile health) applications, training for medical professionals and digital skills courses.

INTERVIEW WITH LYNN S. CONNAWAY, SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT OCLC AND PRESIDENT OF THE ASIS&T / How do users search for information on the Internet and through which resources? Why do they choose one technology over another? These are some of the questions asked every day by Lynn S. Connaway, Senior Research Scientist at OCLC and President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), a non-profit association bringing together Information Science students and researchers. Connaway, together with Eva Ortoll, Josep Cobars and Agust Canals, from the KIMO research group attached to the UOC’s Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, has been interviewing students and teachers from the UOC and other European universities to identify the circumstances and motivations of individuals who use systems and services to communicate with each other and access information.

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  • Experts are demanding more digital training for university faculty

    Experts in new learning techniques warn of the need for university faculty to receive more digital training. This is one of the conclusions of the European Leadership School, an international meeting coordinated by the UOC, which this week brought together in Barcelona experts and education leaders from up to fifteen countries as part of the D-Transform project, which is co-funded by the European Commission and addressed at higher education leaders interested in the digital transformation of learning, including both face-to-face and distance learning..

  • 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.