Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia

The first degrees in Automotive Engineering of Catalonia, take off

Barcelona, 19 September 2017.- The Universtitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) have recently started the 2017-2018 academic year of the first degrees in Automotive Engineering of Catalonia, with 61 and 41 students enrolled, respectively.

This new degree, which will offer specific knowledge to the students of the automotive industry, is a key step forward in training within the sector, in which the Clúster de la Indústria d’Automoció de Catalunya (CIAC) has played an important role collaborating with both universities. This collaboration, which has been ongoing since the beginning with the development of the training programs, has currently the aim of reinforcing the linkage of these degrees with the Catalan industrial fabric.

In this regard, Josep Nadal, Project Manager of the CIAC, highlighted during the presentation of the professors and mentors of the degree that UPC offers in its Campus of Manresa: “A specific training in automotive is key to be able to improve the competitiveness of the industry and to respond more effectively to the demands of the automotive industry’s companies, a strategic sector for our country which employs in a direct and indirect way about 90,000 people”.

In the words of Vicenç Aguilera, President of the CIAC: “From the CIAC we are working intensively for Catalonia to become the training hub of the most important automotive industry of Southern Europe, and in this way, we are very proud of having collaborated with UVic-UCC and UPC to make this milestone a real fact”.

The UPC, one of the first Spanish universities in offering this degree at a public cost 

The UPC is among the first Spanish university centers to offer these studies at a public cost, along with the Universidad del País Vasco. At UPC, the new degree of 240 ECTS credits will be taught partly in English and German and will cover the product development and the analysis of the production process, as well as, the necessary knowledge of business management that requests the sector. 

The degree will be held at the Escola Politècnica Superior d’Enginyeria de Manresa (EPSEM) and the fourth course will also be taught at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (ETSEIB), also of the UPC, where currently is taught the university master in Automotive Engineering that completes the academic and competence itinerary of the new degree.

Students of this degree will also be able to do professional internships in national and international companies. In this way, this degree from the UPC is focused on a work methodology by projects and of a whole four-month period of internships in companies. This university has also created the Formula Student initiative through which students can complete their knowledge in a real car.

According to Rosa Argelaguet, director of the EPSEM of the UPC: “Offering this degree in a school located in Manresa strengthens, even more, the links with the automotive industry companies that are located in this territory. Likewise, the fact of being a small campus, facilitates a more intensive training, in smaller groups, of the future professionals. At the same time, they take advantage of the knowledge that is taught in the same School through the degree in ICT Systems Engineering, an area increasingly related to the industry of the sector, as an added value of the performance and operation of the vehicles".

The dual Automotive Engineering degree of the de la UVic-UCC

On its side, UVic-UCC has planned a degree of dual inspiration, of 240 ECTS credits, with a study program based on product design and development, the industrial processes involved in its manufacturing, and the aspects of business management and technological innovation inherent to the automotive sector. Furthermore, a key aspect of the degree is the methodological innovation. In all courses, the project-based learning method (ABPs) will be applied with the aim of guaranteeing consolidated technical knowledge, but also of key competences in real projects, such as teamwork, leadership, proactivity, organization of the tasks and the management of resources. A substantial part of the degree of UVic-UCC will be taught in English and international mobility will be favored.

This is how Sergi Grau, dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the UVic-UCC, explained it at the inauguration of this new degree that is taught at the UVic-UCC’s headquarters in Granollers: "An innovative degree has been designed at a methodological level and giving voice to the companies. We have listened to their current needs and we have kept our eyes on the technological challenges that our graduates will inevitably face in the companies of the future”. And added: "The fact of being a dual degree allows to visit and to know the companies, since they will be formed for 1,200 hours, four times more than the training hours that are programmed in a normal degree". The opening ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Granollers, Josep Mayoral, the Mayor of Vic and President of the Balmes University Foundation (UVic-UCC), Anna Erra, and the rector of the University, Jordi Montaña.


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