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UOC adds new Vice President for Competitiveness and Employability

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Foto: UOC

21/02/2019
Anna Torres Garrote
This new office of the vice president has been created to ensure an executive leadership able to cover the new challenges faced by the institution

Starting next Monday, 18 February, ngels Fit Bertran, PhD in Business Sciences and Economics, will be the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya's (UOC) new Vice President for Competitiveness and Employability. Fit will direct and lead the strategy to reach out to and build links with business and industry, and foster knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship through active relationships with different stakeholders. Prior to this, she had been dean of the UOC’s Faculty of Economics and Business since October 2010.

 

This new position of vice president has been created to ensure an executive leadership able to cover the new challenges faced by the institution and respond to the sustained growth of recent years. As an institution focused on lifelong learning, the UOC “is in an ideal position to help people and organizations adapt to the changes that are redefining production relationships and the labour market,” Fit explained. “The teaching we provide offers a myriad of opportunities so that companies can explore and further this transformation within their own businesses and, by extension, society in general,” she said. Identifying these opportunities and getting maximum impact from them is a challenge that she accepts with “enthusiasm and respect”. Along these lines, she explained how her time as dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business would be essential in “tackling the first priority, which is to gauge the project's size and scope”.

ngels Fit is an expert in financial analysis, management control systems and e-learning. Until now, she has combined her academic leadership and teaching work with research at the Faculty of Economics and Business and the MeL (Management & eLearning) research group. Her research has mainly focused on a twofold analysis: the impact of normative accounting and financial precepts on companies' financial statements, studying the implementation of business management systems from different vantage points, and the impact of e-learning on the development of professional skills.

This new office will join the university's other two vice presidents' offices: Strategic Planning and Research, led by Vice President Marta Aymerich, and Globalization and Cooperation, led by Vice President Pastora Martnez Samper. 

 

Career background

ngels Fit Bertran (Barcelona, 1970) has a PhD in Business Sciences and Economics and a master's degree in Tax and Financial Management for Businesses from the University of Barcelona. She has been dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business since October 2010, where she also teaches in the field of financial management. Prior to that, she combined teaching at several Catalan universities with professional finance and business management consultancy.

Her research interests focus on financial reporting harmonization processes, management control systems and the impact of e-learning on professional skills. Her research has been the subject of a number of publications and papers presented at national and international conferences, which resulted in her being awarded a research premium.

You can follow her on Twitter: @afitob.