Over these four years, degrees and masters have been launched with great success, such as the Degree in Engineering in Industrial Organisation and the Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Roads, Canals and Ports). The Strategic Degree Commission has also been established, the objective of which is to guide the university in launching new studies.
In this new term, the commission’s work will continue and its conclusions will be evaluated by conducting opportunity and economic impact studies. Authorisation will be sought from the Principality of Asturias to launch the three degrees that have reached a significant consensus in the university community regarding their implementation: the Degree in Criminology, the Degree in Science and Data Engineering, recently approved by the Social Council, and those related to renewable energies, sustainability and circular economy. The opportunity to introduce Asturian Philology studies and the possibility of introducing the Asturian language in the verification reports of some degrees and masters will be studied. Work will continue on developing the joint and master’s degree programming initiatives and the new open degrees and master’s degrees. Initiatives to launch university dual training programmes will be accommodated. Where appropriate, integrated degree and master’s programmes will be implemented, particularly in the field of engineering and architecture. The university’s offer of master’s degrees will be stimulated so that they are a pole for retaining existing students and attracting Spanish and international students. The university’s national leadership in Erasmus Mundus University Master programmes will be strengthened, reinforcing the specific structures for managing them and promoting new initiatives with unwavering support in the application process.
This governance team has been committed to sustainably consolidating bilingual programmes and itineraries in order to design an extensive offer. In this sense, new bilingual itineraries will be implemented and all existing ones, at least 120 ETCS, will be taught in English. To achieve this, specific incentives will be implemented for subjects taught for the first time in English. Each area will be assigned a teaching capacity twice as much as the one required by those subjects.
Joint Programming of Official Studies (PCEOs)
Joint Programming of Official Studies (PCEOs) have proven to be one of the university’s most successful and in-demand studies. Recently, guidelines have been approved that will facilitate their development, to which the existing PCEOs, Mathematics/Physics, Civil Engineering/Engineering of Mining and Energy Resources and Business Administration/Law have been adapted. A preferred objective for this new period is to implement new PCEOs for bachelor’s and for master’s degrees. This will begin with the PCEO ‘Mathematics-Computer Software Engineering,’ which is in a very advanced phase.
The future of university education involves preparing open degrees to study the most appropriate formula, in accordance with the proposed modification of RD 1393, to develop this concept in the most convenient way for the University of Oviedo. In this new mandate, this initiative will be launched so that the University of Oviedo has a quasi-personalised offer of degrees.
Teacher evaluation system
In this term, development was resumed on the DOCENTIA programme, which is currently in the pilot phase, slowed down by the confinement and cessation of the administrative deadlines generated by the pandemic. This tool will be a fundamental element for obtaining the previously announced teaching six-year term and will facilitate the obtaining of accreditations to Senior Lecturer and Professor positions. It will also be a very useful instrument to improve quality management for degrees. In this new mandate, its start-up will be completed and participation of teachers in the evaluation process, encouraged.
Full coverage of teacher needs is guaranteed, especially at the beginning of the course, advancing teacher recruitment drives as far as possible and establishing waiting lists to cover possible incidents.
Institutional and international accreditation
In January 2020, the Gijón Polytechnic School of Engineering obtained the certification of implementing the AUDIT programme, which subsequently enabled it to achieve institutional accreditation. This achievement is based on the University of Oviedo Integrated Quality Management System that supports all centres and will enable other schools and faculties to follow in its footsteps. In parallel, the governance team has guaranteed centres the necessary funding to cover the international accreditation processes. As a result of this support, progress has been made in achieving the ACBBS accreditation of the Faculty of Economics and Business and institutional seals have been awarded by ANECA such as EUROACE for the University Master in Mining Engineering, EUROInf for the University Master in Web Engineering and the IChemE for the Degree in Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Chemistry.
In this new mandate, the university will continue to promote and provide technical and financial support for preparing, obtaining and maintaining certifications and quality seals in all the centres, departments and institutes that are involved in these necessary processes.
The doctoral programmes require special attention. They have been provided with the same tools as university degrees and master’s degrees. For this reason, annual reports have been launched to monitor the programmes, which have facilitated the renewal of accrediting all doctorates over a period of two academic years. Satisfaction surveys have also been created for doctoral students, male and female PhD holders, and teaching and research staff.
It has been decided to transfer the management of the programmes to the departments and research institutes, which is already optimising their management. In terms of training, an important offer of courses for the training of doctoral students has been developed from the INIE, which places the university well above other universities. In the new mandate, this action line will continue that will lead to an increased number of doctoral theses completed every year.
There is no doubt that the university of the future will require a different way of teaching. The use of technology, new teaching methodologies and distance or blended training are challenges that must be addressed. The suspension of classroom teaching activities that occurred in March has boosted the university’s ability to adapt and has improved the performance of teaching staff in teaching in hybrid environments. The results, although always improvable, have been highly satisfactory thanks to the efforts of the entire educational community. In this sense, the plans for the adaptation of teaching to hybrid contexts (half, face-to-face, half, online) will be maintained and reinforced in order to continue supporting teachers in their efforts to deal with the situations that may arise from the health crisis of the COVID-19. In order to carry out these plans with sufficient resources, a team of support personnel will be created for TRS remote and hybrid teaching activities and more software licenses will be procured.
In the coming years, the joint action of the Educational Research Institute and the Centre for Innovative Teaching will enable new actions and calls to be developed. The concept of a teaching innovation group will be developed in the image and likeness of the research group to bring together teachers with innovative initiatives and support them with funding. The university’s Plan will be empowered to support the dissemination and promotion of innovative teaching activities by providing it with more funding and resources.
The open teaching offer that has been carried out since 2018 will also be reinforced through the UNIOVIX platform based on the adaptation of the OpenEdx software. These courses, with which almost 5,000 people have been reached, are an important contribution to the University of Oviedo’s social responsibility.
As has been the case over the last four years, the applications before the Principality of Asturias Regional Government will be explored and exploited to approve the largest number of places in the last decade