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Joan Guàrdia’s inauguration ceremony as new rector of the UB

Joan Guàrdia, new rector of the UB.

Joan Guàrdia, new rector of the UB.

08/01/2021

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Joan Guàrdia Olmos, who was elected rector of the University of Barcelona on December 18, will take office in a function on Tuesday, January 12, at 12.30 noon, in the Paranimph of the Historical Biulding. The ceremony will not be open to the audience due to health restrictions, but it will be streamed through UBtv.

The ceremony will be chaired by the Minister of Business and Knowledge of the Catalan Government, Ramon Tremosa, together with the outgoing rector, Joan Elias; the acting secretary-general, Maite Vilalta, and the president of the Board of Trustees of the UB, Joan Corominas. As new rector, Joan Guàrdia will give way to Marina Solé to take office as the new secretary-general, and the different vice-rectors that will make the new governing team up. 

The Rector’s Office Election, which was held through e-voting for the first time due to COVID-19, called more than 54,000 people from different university collectives to vote. In the second round, with Guàrdia and the former rector Joan Elias as candidates, a total of 13.668 electors used their right to vote, corresponding to the 25.13% of the census and accounting for a higher participation compared to the first round, which was 21.56%.

With a 54.28% of the weighted voting, Joan Guàrdia was announced winner in the second round of the elections. On December 29, the Catalan Government published in DOGC the decree with his appointment as rector of the University of Barcelona.

 

Joan Guàrdia Olmos is a professor of Methodology of Behavioural Sciences at the Faculty of Psychology. He arrived at the University of Barcelona as a student of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and he combined these studies with Psychology studies. Expert on statistics and the systematic study of human behaviour, he has given lectures at the Faculty of Psychology, but also in the faculties of Pharmacy, Economics and Business, Geography and History, Nursing, Education and Biology.

He has given seminars and courses and has supervised doctoral theses in different national and international universities. Guàrdia has published more than 30 books and more than 260 science articles, apart from being the principal researcher of many research projects. He has held several positions in academic management, and is now member of the Institute of Neurosciences of the UB and the Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS), where he does research on quantitative and computational neuroscience.

 

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