400 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECTS EXECUTED IN 2017
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS MADE MULTIDISCIPLINARY INTERVENTIONS THAT RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. THE STUDENTS WORK WITH INSTITUTIONS AND WITH GROUPS.
October 13, 2017
During this year, 500 students of our institution have applied their knowledge in the community. The Hogar de Cristo, Coanil, elderly clubs and neighborhood boards are some of the institutions in which the young students have carried out multidisciplinary interventions.
These tasks are part of the Improvement Plan (PM) for the training of socially responsible professionals that the UTALCA promotes through the generation of a model that incorporates and articulates the needs of the community and the requirements of the academic environment.
First aid and accident prevention courses, kinesiology care, giving information about the adolescents criminal bill, civil education and promotion of the narrative through children stories, have been some of the interventions carried out in the past few months, each of them with more than 200 beneficiaries.
The executive director the Improvement Plan, Andres Vega, explained that "the modules of the academic line on Undergraduates Social responsibility comply with the new strategic commitments of the University defined in its 2020 Plan.
These guidelines relate to the training on values, which mention the mission and vision of our Academic Institution, about globalized citizens and professionals capable of implementing social innovations from their discipline and with the ability to contemplate the criteria of sustainability in their professional performance," said Vega.
With this initiative it is sought to generate continuous and shared knowledge and programming between the University and the community. In this way, the young people generate projects that are appropriate according to the needs identified and proceed to execute them. In the final analysis, expressed Vega, "we want to develop socially responsible professionals acting under a sense of ethics, through a transversal educational program that cuts across all programs and longitudinal (different instances per program)."
Since 2014, the social responsibility of professionals has been addressed at the University of Talca, however, the improvements incorporated to this type of training have been numerous, which resulted in the Improvement Plan whose pilot version was implemented during the first half of this year, at which time more than 100 projects have been developed with community partners that have included 500 students. All this from the perspective of social innovation with sustainability criteria, either in its environmental, economic or social variable.
Through this PM it has been possible to establish long-term relationships with more than 100 community partners, considering the old plan and the reformulated one, which together have generated more than 400 projects that respond to multiple challenges in the region.
With regard to the interventions, Vega said that "we have important work with institutions such as the "Foundation for Overcoming Poverty", "Gendarmerie of Talca," "Home of Christ", and Urbanism Ministries, Serviu, Coanil, municipalities, educational establishments, Daem of Talca, clubs of the elderly, neighborhood associations, entrepreneurs and farmers, among others'". In addition, he underlined the multidisciplinary interventions to the Haitian immigrant population and groups of visually impaired".
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