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The University of Alicante passes the report to implement a new undergraduate degree in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts

Two women will be awarded with the highest UA distinctions: Golden Laurel to Sol Picó and 16th Maisonave Award to Lola Mollá


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Alicante. Thursday, 26 October 2017

The University of Alicante has unanimously passed the proposal to implement a new undergraduate degree in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. “As a result of the aim of training professionals able to lead and manage business proposals in the gastronomic sector”, the new undergraduate degree “comes to cover a training gap which has not been covered by the UA so far and we consider it of great relevance for the province”, as explained by Vice President for Studies Planning and Training Actions Enrique Herrero.

The new degree will be predictably implemented in th4e academic year 2018-19 with 75 places for new students. This new UA undergraduate degree will be included in the field of study of Social Sciences and assigned to the Faculty of Science as more than 40% of the subjects belong to this faculty’s departments. This is an eminently 240-credit practical degree programme, where 60 credits are core subjects, 132 compulsory, 12 optional, 5 are assigned to the FYUP (final-year undergraduate project) and 30 to work placements. As Herrero stated,the degree programme is organised in 5 modules as follows: Culinary Preparation, Business Administration, Food Science and Technology, Gastronomy and Health; and Gastronomy and Society.



The Governing Council unanimously agreed to award the UA highest distinctions to two relevant and renowned women from the social and artistic spheres who have been long linked to our institution. The Golden Laurel went to choreographer and dancer Sol Picó and the Maisonnave Award, 16th edition this year, to Lola Mollá, who was regarded as a "symbol of selfless work, humility, curiosity, humanism and perseverance with active cultural commitment to her surrounding society".  

The Laurel de Oro of the University of Alicante acknowledges people and  institutions of excellent national or international prestige in the field of sciences, arts, scientific research, teaching, artistic creation, sports and community services. In the case of Sol Picó, she holds the endorsement of an unquestionable career marked with some of the main national and international awards such as the Spanish National Dance Award, the Max Award of Performing Arts and the Catalonia Dance Award.

With this recognition, "the university community recalls the relevance of her creativity in the mixture of artistic languages and her continuous commitment to be linked to our institution", as stated by UA Registrar Esther Algarra Prats. Picó has participated in several cultural series so far in the UA Auditorium, with performances in the UA Museum, and exhibitions such as El Vol del Gat, which fuses literature, painting and dance evolving around her homonymous novel.

As for Dolores Mollá Soler, the University of Alicante decided to grant her  the Maisonnave Award 2017 "for her permanent support for the values involved in the award through her long career defending culture and social equality in our city" . This award acknowledges “a constant activity defending civic values and, promotion of education and culture in Alicante city.”

A teacher, politician and sociocultural activist,  Lola Mollá has excelled in relevant positions of public responsibility and she is considered "a local reference for her dynamic work in areas such as gender equality, social inclusion of the elderly, communication, literature, art or education, the latter being the unifying element that Lola Mollá uses to addresses the other ones, according to Carles Cortés Vice President of the Office from Culture, Sports and Languages, from where this proposal was launched.

She is a member of several groups such as the Alicante Association Controversia, the Observatory for Seniors and the Media (MAYMECO), the UA multidisciplinary research group in literature and other arts in Mediterranean cultures and the UA Lifelong Learning Programme. Lola Mollá is also responsible for the organisation and dissemination of many seminars, presentations, talks and other cultural activities developed in the many cultural venues of Alicante city.

Finally, another of the issues that were decided during the session held this morning has been the accession of the University of Alicante to the proposal of the Alicante City  Council through its Department of Historical and Democratic Memory to declare the Santa Faz Pilgrimage of Alicante as an intangible cultural heritage.


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