University Community Service
We serve the university community, especially the academic staff, in their work as lecturers (both at an undergraduate, graduate and continuing education level, and in online and taught courses). This service is framed within the European Higher Education Area, based on “UD Education Model”, in compliance with the quality assurance system. As an example, this graphics shows the most important activities carried out in the Unit in the 2015/16 academic year.
Reference model. The Ledesma-Kolvenbach Paradigm
Jesuit institutions envisage an educational model that consists of four key dimensions to ensure an all-round education:
- Utilitas. Competent individuals, capable of solving all the technical, social and human problems facing professionals;
- Humanitas. Human beings in the fullest sense of the word, aware of themselves and the world they live in; sensitive to today’s aspirations and concerns;
- Iustitia. Persons committed to building a fairer world, and sympathetic to others’ joy and pain as if it were their own;
- Fides. Individuals capable of providing a clear approach to the question on the meaning of life; sensitive to the Gospel and Christianity, and to their values and proposals.
In compliance with this model, all our training programmes foster individuals’ all- round development based on humanist values of Christian inspiration.
Teaching staff support
We support our faculties and teaching staff in the development of new methodologies (learning communities, project-based learning, collaborative learning in the classroom...); new forms of assessment (in pairs, project-based, use of rubrics...) and try to help individuals improve by sharing good teaching practices with other people.
We reflect on what the University will be like in a few years’ time; what methodologies will be used to develop competences; what type of facilities there will be; what technologies we will be using...
Opportunity to innovate
We try to create opportunities for more radical innovations within the University, which allow us to identify different elements and create knowledge for the entire university community.