The academic year begins with Biotechnology as a novelty
UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia has implemented the bimodal teaching and adapted face-to-face models to guarantee the quality of its studies in all possible scenarios
Wed, 23/09/2020 - 16:57
Classes will begin at UCAM Murcia Campus on next Monday 21st for the degrees belonging to the Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing and Gastronomy, on 28 September for the rest of the Bachelor’s degrees, and on 5 October for all first-year students. The activity begins with the new Bachelor’s degrees in Biotechnology, Telecommunications Technology Engineering (which replaces Telecommunications Systems Engineering) with the mentions of Sound and Image and Telecommunications Systems; and Dentistry in English for the Cartagena Campus.
For this new academic year, UCAM has programmed a bimodal teaching model that includes online, face-to-face and blended learning, for which it has adapted the most advanced physical and virtual resources, as well as adapted attendance with group rotation in the classroom. In this way, it guarantees compliance with current security measures and the development of teaching planning with all the quality guarantees.
UCAM has drawn up a safety protocol for COVID-19 that includes all the recommended measures such as the provision of signs throughout the campus to facilitate the maintenance of safety distance, posters and television screens that include a decalogue of recommendations including the mandatory use of masks, social distance and hand cleaning, among others, with the aim of preventing the spread of this virus. At the same time, UCAM has scheduled serological tests for teachers and administration and services staff before the start of the academic year.
UCAM has strengthened its digital transformation, installing cameras in all its classrooms so that students who cannot attend the campus can follow the classes live. It is also worth noting the incorporation of Wi-Fi 6, with better connection to a much greater number of devices, allowing data to be downloaded at maximum speed from anywhere on the campus, which will allow for a more fluid use of remote programmes, the possibility of using virtual and augmented reality or High Definition streaming. In addition, all students will have Microsoft 365 licenses for their devices to encourage teamwork, and it will be possible to use them in the cloud in a collaborative way, as they already do with Google Suite.
With regard to the return to the classroom, the chancellor of UCAM, Josefina García Lozano, states that “we are prepared for the different scenarios that may occur depending on the evolution of the pandemic”. The chancellor highlights that “we have the responsibility to ensure that our students acquire the skills of the degrees they have registered in whatever scenarios may arise”. Furthermore, she insisted on the fact that “the safety of students and teachers is a priority”.