DUAL DEGREE AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF GIRONA
THE ALLIANCE WILL ALLOW UTALCA STUDENTS TO OBTAIN THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF VIDEO GAMES DEGREE GRANTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GIRONA.
May 17, 2017
The presidents of the universities of Girona (UdG) and Talca, Sergi Bonet and Alvaro Rojas, respectively, sealed an alliance that will allow students from the Engineering Degree in Development of Video Games and Virtual Reality access to a double degree.
The document, whose signature materialized during the visit that President Rojas made to the Catalan University, established as a goal the generation of "a program of joint action between the parties, with the aim that students accessing the program can obtain an official qualification on the part of each of the signatory universities."
Based on this, it was agreed that the UdG grants the degree in Design and Development of Video Games, and for its part, the UTALCA grants the Degree of Engineer in the Development of Video Games and Virtual Reality, to students who have successfully completed the requirements, as described in their respective study programs.
The proposed dual degree was adopted by the Academic Council of our Academic Institution on its April 18 meeting.
President Rojas highlighted the value of this new partnership for a School that was born as a response to the growing demand of a globalized world and highly dominated by technology and the need for professionals with greater specialization.
In fact, the agreement is explicit that, in that context, both universities share an interest in establishing, developing and making available to its students programs to facilitate the obtaining of both degrees, one from each institution, with the aim of enhancing international cooperation in the field of higher education at the undergraduate level.
"We have been leading the way in creating programs that respond to the needs of the new times, which implies having a global look. Thus was understood by the UTALCA early on, so we are always looking for partnerships that allow our students and academics to expand the frontiers of learning and knowledge," said the authority.
The director of the School of Engineering in Development of Video Games and Virtual Reality, Felipe Besoaín, stressed that UTALCA students must complete 3.5 years of the program at the Maulean campus, after which they will be able to migrate to Spain to complete the remaining year of their training.
He added that the students of the UdG must comply with the first three years of their program at their Academic Institution, after which they will be able to stay for a year at the UTALCA.
The professor valued the opportunity that this alliance opens for the School. "It speaks of a systematic work about the University opening frontiers and opportunities for students in a program that has a global sense," he said.
Likewise, he mentioned that this agreement involves articulation, skills and learning trajectories and an important step toward internationalization.
"technological products such as video games are of a global nature, so it is very important the experience that our students will receive in this internships during which they will acquire not only professionals skills, but also in terms of personal growth in relation to a foreign culture, and they will realize the quality of the academic training being imparted by the UTALCA today", he added.
Besoain explained that he dual degree program will be made available through a single international project, assessed by a commission composed of academics from both institutions. "With this, we also validate a bet on innovation made by our Academic Institution, the first public university to offer a program of this type in Chile," he said.
At the same time, the professor indicated that this type of initiatives "is in full harmony with the 2030 Engineering Project, designed to train world-class engineers."
"We worked for more than a year in the articulation of a set of skills and complex learning from each of the programs to achieve a program that is complete and that will give students an excellent preparation to a working life," said the director of the School.
In the case of our University, to access the dual degree, interested parties need to have academic excellence and they have to apply for the scholarship at the Department of International Relations.
It should be noted that during his visit to the European nation, President Rojas also participated in the "The University in the Digital Era: Challenges and Trends" seminar, carried out within the framework of the Academic, Research and Globalization Vice Presidents meeting of the universities member of the network of the Inter-University Development Center (CINDA) which was held in Barcelona and which is part of its executive committee.
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