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Publication of the 'Report on the academic year 2019/2020' of the UB





The University of Barcelona has published the Report on the academic year 2019/2020. The report gathers the main data of the institution over the last academic year, as well as the most outstanding activities carried out in the fields of teaching, research, innovation and knowledge transfer. Also, it highlights the presence of the UB in society and internationally, in a difficult academic year, marked by COVID-19. The publication is completed with statistical information on the University that is available online.

The Report 2019/2020 starts with a first chapter titled “The University of Barcelona today”, which shares the main strengths that make the institution and that illustrate the features that define its identity. This year, exceptionally, this first chapter includes the section “A year marked by COVID-19”. It summarizes the main actions carried out at the University and the efforts made by the university community to adapt to a situation of health emergency which appeared of a sudden, in order to guarantee the continuity of the activities at the UB.

Moreover, this section describes the actions and management carried out in all fields of the University, such as the creation of documents related to the lockdown and the de-escalation of the lockdown, or the adaption to a blended teaching and remote work. It also shares information on the specific aids that were published to provide solutions to sudden needs, as well as actions linked to research carried out to guarantee the continuity and viability of the activities and projects. In addition, it describes specific contributions of the UB during this period, such as the creation and donation of health protection material, the involvement of students from the field of Health Sciences as volunteers, and the collaboration with the media regarding dissemination, among others. The chapter shows some figures and actions such as the evaluation of students on new tools that were added to the Virtual Campus during the health crisis.

Then, the publication is divided into four themed blocs: “A University engaged with society”, which shows initiatives linked to transparency, ethics, sustainability and good governance, as well as institutional, cultural and support activities; “A University at the forefront of education”; which gathers the academic offering and support services to teaching; “A University in the vanguard of research”, which analyses the research activity and transfer of technology, knowledge and innovation, and "An international university”, which focuses on the international institutional activity and mobility of the several university collectives.

This year’s Report presents a similar design to last edition’s, with photographs and illustrative graphic content. As usual, every chapter has opinions made by members of the different collectives that build up the university community on themes of their own action fields. It also includes extracts from published articles in communication media which refer to the evaluated activities.

The publication has been carried out by the Technical Bureau at the Rector’s Office and edited by Editions and Publications of the University of Barcelona. The print run of the Report accounts for 225 copies in Catalan, to be distributed in the University and in several organisms and institutions linked to higher education in Catalonia. Like last year, the Spanish and English editions will be published on digital format and will be soon available.


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