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The Governing Council sets up the Sciences and Engineering Area of the University of Barcelona

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The Governing Council of the University of Barcelona has set up the Sciences and Engineering Area with the agreement of its regulations. Made up of 4 faculties- Mathematics, Geology, Physics and Chemistry-, the new area will cover competencies such as definition of strategy joint action on academic policy-related subjects, research and knowledge transfer and the promotion of quality improvement and teaching improvement action programs. The regulations have been approved unanimously.

Main functions of this Area will be management of the common research administrative services, international relations, employability, entrepreneurship and business relations.

Regarding its structure, the Area will have 4 Deans, each per faculty, and 6 vice-Deans -2 in Chemistry, 2 in Physics, 1 in Mathematics and 1 in Geology. Each centre will have a vice-Dean in charge of the academic policies for each faculty, while the other 2 will work on research transferable functions, internationalization and employability. The Area will have an Executive Council and a Director, elected by the Deans of the 4 faculties.

Change of name in two Faculties

The Government Council has also agreed, with 33 votes in favour and 1 against it, on changing the name of two faculties. These modifications are waiting for its publication in the Official Journal of Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government). Therefore, the Faculty of Mathematics will become the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, approved by affirmation of the Board of the Faculty last September- and the Faculty of Geology will become the Faculty of Earth Sciences, also approved by its staff last March 7.

In Geology, the change is due the need to represent the current task of research and teaching of this centre in a wider way. Today the Faculty of Geology and its research groups drive different researches, ranging from the Earth’s surface and its mineral registration to the comprehensive study of physical environment and its management and protection and hybrid resources. It is believed that the new name standardizes the centre with the other European references in this area.

The Board of the Faculty of Mathematics adds Computer Sciences to its name because the current name does not embody the centre itself. Since 2009 the Faculty has included a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering in its program, it also holds a university master’s degree on Artificial Intelligence and will offer a new master’s degree on Fundamental Principles of Data Science, in September. The new name will cover teaching and research currently done in the faculty in the Computer Science and Computer Systems field.

In this renewal the University of Barcelona is working on, the Rector Dídac Ramírez has set up the initiative of creating new faculties for the Human and Social Sciences, which will cover the current centres of Library and Information Sciences, Philology, Philosophy and Geography and History, in compliance with the agreement of the Government Council from April 20, 2015.

At an academic level, the Governing Council has approved of the verification report for the master’s degree in Chinese Traditional Medicine, driven by the University of Barcelona with the participation of Pompeu Fabra University. It will be launched next September.

Today’s Governing Council has also informed about the progress on Science and Technology Centres of the University of Barcelona, a presentation driven by the Vice-Rector of Research, Innovation and Transfer, Jordi Alberch, and the Director of CCiT, Ramon Seoane.

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