STUDENTS NOW HAVE A MODERN AND WARM SPACE FOR THEM AT THE TALCA CAMPUS
THE INAUGURATION OF THE RENOVATED BUILDING OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL COMPLEX FOR LEARNING (CTA) COMES TO CONSOLIDATE THE SKILLS-BASED TRAINING MODEL APPLIED BY OUR ACADEMIC INSTITUTION.
July 13, 2017
The remodeled Technological Complex for Learning (CTA) building, exclusively for students, was transformed into a modern, welcoming and avant-garde space of Talca Campus, whose purpose is to promote academic achievement in students.
The two-story, 1,169 square meters infrastructure presents unique standards in the Region in terms of connectivity, design and implementation. In the view of President Alvaro Rojas the work is a new dream come true and it is also an example of the importance that undergraduate studies and the consolidation of the skills-based model has for the University.
With the opening of the CTA the University initiates a series of inaugurations, including new laboratories, academic buildings, classrooms and places for the community.
For almost four years, the building where the CTA used to work became an emergency location that housed the library that was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. "Now we give it back to the students, and it is not the same, but rather something technologically superior, as it is also the new design. It is more welcoming than it was before and I believe that it is without a doubt a place students deserve," said the president at the inauguration of the building.
"Many students arrive early in the morning and they are all day at the University and they leave in the last bus of the evening. This space is going to be home for many of them to study, to share group work and to link with all the data networks that are necessary for their studies," said Alvaro Rojas.
The building has capacity for 1,100 persons and a modern air conditioning system, it has nine study rooms of different areas and four large, open spaces, all furnished with individual or work group tables and comfortable armchairs.
The University’s Information Technologies Office (DTI) developed a project to provide a modern data networks infrastructure to provide connectivity through 78 points deployed within the building, high speed and wide coverage Wifi access service. This network is designed to cover an estimated demand of up to 600 students connected simultaneously. In addition, it will offer a printing system.
For the president, the remodeling of the CTA is directly linked to the consolidation of the skills-based model that requires facilities, not only in terms of classrooms, guides, platforms and professors that create the conditions for the process of self-learning, but also a pleasant and comfortable places for the interaction among students and to make their access to technologies easier.
Rojas also emphasized that the project is in tune with the new educational policy that considers the consolidation of undergraduate studies and gratuity as elements of the utmost importance, in which the University is advancing.
In the remodeling of the CTA more than 560 million pesos (US$840 000, approx.) were invested, part of which were provided by the Government’s Department of Education through the Consolidation of the Skills-Based Learning Model Performance Agreement.
The Vice President for Undergraduates, Marcela Vásquez, remarked that space just inaugurated is of the highest level. "We hope that it will be received by all students who, without doubt, will take care of it as they do with all other infrastructure available to them at our campuses."
"This remodeling was the last pending item that still remained from the various commitments made in the aforementioned Convention. Therefore, for all who were involved in the formulation and implementation of this important institutional improvement plan, this day is one of great satisfaction", said talking about the complexities of the process leading to the development of the work.
Likewise, the general secretary of the Students Federation of the Talca Campus, Maximilian Soto, stressed that "as students, we could not be more than grateful for this new space, which I am sure will be of great help to all us who come daily to study at the university." He stressed that our Academic Institution continues to make progress in the construction of spaces for the better academic development of students and "the remodeling of the CTA, the 'Cheese', as it is called by the Talca Campus students), is a concrete example". Together with celebrating the advancements, he said that there are still lacking spaces for the UTalca community.
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