Representatives of professional associations in the province meet the UA Governing Board
The connection of training programmes with the labour market, lifelong learning and the introduction of Ethics as transversals subjects, among the most covered topics
Alicante, 31st July 2012
"The purpose of the meeting was to put ideas together, outline a roadmap and establish new mechanisms for collaboration and communication which allow to join synergies and obtain more favorable results both as regards the incorporation of new graduates into the labor market and in continuing training and retraining", said the University of Alicante's President, Manuel Palomar. For this purpose, about thirty deans and people responsible for for the professional associations in the province of Alicante has met with the University of Alicante's Governing Board and its representatives in the Social Council. The initiative arose from the Social Council at the request of the Advisor and Secretary of the Professional Union, Francisco Martin Irles, has been used to launch new proposals and witness the good relationship between academia and the professional scope.
One of the most celebrated approaches made by the Chairman of the Board, Ricardo Ferré, has been the possibility of including the Professional Ethics in the university curriculum as a transversal subject to all university degrees. According to Ferré, "university education is not limited to useful knowledge for the profession, but, increasingly, a comprehensive education is being socially required". In this sense, "one of the fundamental missions of the Associations is to establish the criteria governing the profession, creating codes that do not contravene the moral exercise," states the Board Chairman. At this point, both the different associations and Governing Board have coincided, having the latter expressed their intention to consider the proposal for its inclusion in the curricula of the study programmes.
The University of Alicante and the professional associations maintained very strong links since two years, which have materialized, among other things, in longlife education programmes, as well as in the shaping of training programmes in graduates studies so that the contents fit as best as possible to the reality of the labour market. In this sense, the Vice President for Research, Training and Quality, Cecilia Gómez Lucas has invited various representatives of the Associations to participate actively in monitoring the curricula.
Finally, the Chairman of the Board has stressed the importance of "deepening" in the way of existing or future contracts and agreements that can be performed in the business sector. In any case, Ferré pledged to "promote the initiatives that come one part or another".