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NEW ACADEMIC YEAR / This Wednesday, 21 September, marks the start of the new academic year at the UOC, with 28,692 bachelor's degree and 8,042 university master's degree students – 6.3% more than last year. The most popular programme is the bachelor's degree in Psychology, followed by Business Administration and Management, Law, and Computer Engineering, in line with the trend of recent years. Over 10,000 of the enrolments are people studying for the first time at the UOC.

CORPORATE NEWS / This summer, RefugeESuoc, a volunteer group of social educators from the UOC, travelled to northern Greece to implement a project that offers people seeking asylum in Europe access to higher education. The volunteer Marta Flaqu visited Greece's militarized refugee camps in order to locate refugees who fulfil the requirements to study at the UOC.

NETWORKS & PREVENTION / Thousands of things can be done on social media networks: posting photos, publishing news, writing a comment and, now, helping detect someone going through a tough time. Facebook has activated a button to warn about comments or entries that suggest an acquaintance is going through a bad patch: depression, self-harm or suicidal tendencies. This warning button is also on Instagram, Twitter or Tuenti. But can a notification help save a life? UOC psychology experts analyse this issue.


HUMAN RESOURCES / "When the summer ends it seems that the desire for a fresh start and a change of company or job increases", attests Gina Aran, professor for the Master's Degree in Human Resources Management at the UOC, adding that the holiday break allows "time to think and plan for the coming year". In fact, 40% of workers would leave the company at which they currently work. Among the main reasons: 41% are dissatisfied with the work-family balance and 31% are not happy with their level of salary. 30% of employees state that their job motivation has decreased compared to the past year, according to data from the study "Employee well-being and motivation in Europe 2015".

ICT ADDICTION / Next Wednesday Apple presents its new product, the iPhone 7. For many people this is one of this year's big events. As usual with each new launch, around the world long queues of people will wait for hours or even days outside the company's stores to be the first to buy the new phone. The previous model beat sales records. During the first weekend alone, sales surpassed 13 million units. Those capable of waiting for hours and hours include the technology neophiles, individuals obsessed with "buying the latest novelty". The group, which has grown in recent years, already accounts for 16% of consumers. For the brands this type of consumer is a perfect target and a barometer to measure the success or failure of their product.

INTERVIEW WITH ISABEL RUIZ MALLN, IN3 RESEARCHER AT THE UOC / She is passionate about the sciences in general and the environment in particular. She looks at the world through the eyes of a researcher, a scientist. She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the UAB and a master's degree in Biology with a specialization in Environmental Education from the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mxico). When she completed her studies, she joined an international research project on the conservation of biodiversity, which led her to remain in Mexico for another two years. Today, she promotes science among secondary school students through the performing arts – monologues, street theatre and clown performance. This European project is called Perform and has been coordinated by the UOC’s IN3 for one year.

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