TRANSFORMATION OF THE CAMPUS: POINT OF DEPARTURE
CAMPUSHABITAT5U brings together all of the environments of the five public universities of the Valencian Community (CV): Universitat de València (UV), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Universitat d’Alacant (UA) and the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH). It also unifies the numerous programmes and policies that have been implemented to date that aim to open universities up to the people, to understand them better and respond to their needs. For this reason, it sets out to unify the long history of the public universities of the CV with their full participation, to come together in a campus model specializing in Habitat and Territory with a strong social and inclusive dimension.
Quality university environments
The universities that form part of the CAMPUSHABITAT5U alliance provide, via diverse programmes, the optimal conditions to extend their main mission throughout the Valencian Community.
The Open Campus programme, which allows better integration of the university environment in Valencian society, is especially important in this respect. It diffuses culture and facilitates the extension of the university through orientation, training and cultural activities.
The various university extension programmes are also working in the same direction. They are run from within the Valencian Public University System (SUPV) and have a shared objective: to improve the quality of life of inhabitants of rural settings and the urban areas farthest removed from metropolitan areas. They relate to activities involving education, information sharing and diffusion, in an attempt to respond to an inclusive model that is closely linked to both general and specific regional needs.
These university extension programmes are supplemented by Classrooms for Mature Learners, which aim to fully include senior citizens in today’s culture, focus on their social commitment and improve intergenerational relationships within and outside the university.
Other complementary training activities that are firmly rooted in the territory are the university summer schools, as is the case in the International University of Gandia. The 25-year relationship that has been created by this joint project with the city of Gandia is an excellent example. This is due to its international scope and ability to attract talent from the Mediterranean basin and Latin America, and because it is a university space that is completely integrated into the city, allowing the two to work in close synchrony.
The concept of a quality university environment also relates to the response that CAMPUSHABITAT5U must provide in answer to the needs of other members of the university community. To do this, it includes means of reconciling work and family life within the framework of a social and inclusive model, as in the case of the children’s school for boys and girls up to 3 years old, promoted by the campus.
Sustainable and energy-efficient campus
The institutions involved in the development of CAMPUSHABITAT5U have started up various strategies and plans to move towards a sustainable academic community. Some of the advances that stand out for their coherency with the project’s area of specialization include:
- The UPV obtaining environmental certification in 2010. It has an environmental management system in place, in accordance with European regulations and international standards, for all of the activities and processes undertaken throughout its campuses.
- The creation of the UV Sustainable Campusframework programme in 2010, which undertakes measures to promote an integrated policy as a common strategy in all spheres of higher education institutions. It identifies three priority areas:
- Education and research for sustainability
- Sustainable and healthy campus
- Social commitment and participation
- CAMPUSHABITAT5U has specific Sustainable Mobility and Transport Plans to implement energy saving and efficiency projects on its campuses. The initiatives that have been developed to incorporate electrical vehicles for transport within the campuses are especially important.
- CAMPUSHABITAT5U also tackles promoting renewable energies and other more efficient means of energy generation in existing facilities. One of the most illustrative examples can be found in Valencia, in the creation of an extensive solar farm on the roofs of the buildings. It is the largest solar farm among Spanish universities and the most extensive urban solar farm in Europe. At present, this solar farm measures over 8,000 m2 and produces 1,472,672 KWh of power.
- CAMPUSHABITAT5U also has units and services which allow advances to be made in the execution and implementation of these action programmes, which are certified by and permitted to use the brand name of AENOR Environmental Management. Some of these measures include:
- Undertaking environmental information and awareness tasks and maintaining the environmental management system in accordance with international standard ISO 14001 and EMAS regulations.
- Promoting the participation of the university community in producing proposals and creating solutions to improve the campus environment.
Contribution to the development of dynamic spaces
Quality university environments must comprise a range of services and spaces to vitalize campus life from within. Part of that involves promoting an informal climate in which interrelationships and coexistence are key, and fostering values such as strength, tolerance and diversity among all members of the university community.
CAMPUSHABITAT5U has Student Advice and Development Centres, which promote participation, provide support services and add vitality to the socio-cultural life of all university students. The centres pursue a double objective: to reinforce student education through cultural and social participation in the university system and to offer advice and support to students in all aspects linked to their quality of life and development during their time at university.
They offer professional advice and orientation service, which is led by the students for the students. One of the services to be highlighted is the “La Nau dels Estudiants i les Estudiantes” training programme, which is centred on citizenship issues, general skills and improving students’ capacity to assimilate their teaching-learning process, encouraging social participation and improving their integration into the world of work through higher rates of employability.
Promoting the associative network within the campus is a priority, as this will favour the development of well-qualified citizens, ready to actively participate in the social construction process. For this reason, CAMPUSHABITAT5U has developed a series of supplementary measures to assist in the successful launch of group activities and socio-cultural initiatives on campus.
Culture and heritage as axes for structuring the territory
For many years, CAMPUSHABITAT5U has provided general services devoted to the development of intense activity with regard to cultural transmission, creation and participation; and valuing heritage and scientific diffusion. In some cases these services form part of university extension programmes, while others have emerged from the vice-rectories of culture and heritage.
In this respect, CAMPUSHABITAT5U offers services, equipment and spaces, stable cultural organizations and integrated cultural action programmes. All of these elements favour a better-structured territory and foster a sense of belonging to the SUPV university community as a whole.
- Socio-cultural Activity Services promote artistic and cultural activities among the different members of the university community. Managing cultural projects linked to artistic education, diffusion and creation allows a critical mass to be fed and developed throughout the campus, which supports the creation of an all-round social and inclusive model.
- The Universitat d’Alacant Museum (MUA), represents the ability of CAMPUSHABITAT5U to diffuse specialized scientific knowledge into society and bring university research results closer to the citizen in an attractive and systematic manner.
To these ends, the MUA holds research, production, conservation and documentation activities centred on modern art. It also strives to become an agent for cultural revitalization and diffusion by constituting a meeting point for art, music, theatre, cinema, photography, archaeology and more.
- The participation of CAMPUSHABITAT5U in the Alcudia University Foundation for Archaeological Research (FUIA) is of interest in reference to the conservation of our heritage and to initiatives linked to recovering and valuing our architectural resources and heritage.
- In matters relating to heritage, it is also important to mention that within CAMPUSHABITAT5U, the university brings together a set of architectural resources of great value, such as:
- In Castellón the refurbishment of the Llotja del Cànem building.
- In Valencia the historic building of La Nau and the Cerveró Palace – both of which form part of the historic and artistic heritage of the CV.
The Botanical Garden of Valencia, founded in 1567, is also worth special mention.
CAMPUSHABITAT5U also undertakes numerous activities relating to the conservation and recovery of our documental and artistic legacy through different services and programmes:
- The Artistic Heritage Fund, which is a cultural centre whose collection houses mostly modern art and is among the largest centres of its kind among Spanish universities.
- The Conservation and Cultural Heritage Area, which works intensely to recover, study, catalogue, conserve, restore and diffuse artistic items.
- The Historic Archive, which conserves historic documents from the mid-16th originating in the faculties of theology, medicine, sciences, philosophy and arts, as well as from other disciplines.
Furthermore, there are also spaces managed by the universities themselves, which organize very extensive cultural programmes. The majority of these programmes enjoy a high level of collaboration from entities within the territory and the involvement of the various university departments.
Examples of stable cultural organizations within CAMPUSHABITAT5U include:
- The Martínez Guerricabeitia Patronage (PMG), which actively participates in promoting and diffusing creative activities in the field of contemporary plastic arts and expanding the artistic legacy of the campus. A few of the noteworthy projects of the PMG include its exhibition activities programme and the cultural classrooms programme. The organization is ready to contribute to developing an open, creative social model, which will be key in achieving the objectives of CAMPUSHABITAT5U.
- The Trust of Musical Activities and the Philharmonic Orchestra, which bring together 80 young students with an average age of 20 years old.
- The Performing Arts Trust, which works directly with interpretative and artistic skills on the campus.
Policies for promoting an inclusive social model
CAMPUSHABITAT5U understands that promoting an inclusive social model includes developing policies to permit a reduction in social inequalities within the campus, thereby allowing it to act as a benchmark for society as a whole.
CAMPUSHABITAT5U has centres, institutes and foundations that promote equality. These include, first and foremost, all of the research and training institutes and centres that make up the educational institutions:
- The University Institute of Women’s Studies and Gender Research is involved in ten lines of research, has a distance post-graduate programme “Research and teaching in feminist, gender and citizenship studies” and an interuniversity doctorate programme on interdisciplinary studies and research on the gender perspective.
- The University Institute of Women’s Studies aims to undertake a critical revision of teaching discourses, encourage cooperative scientific relationships with other entities and institutions, and above all, produce alternative proposals to satisfy social demands. It also runs a master’s degree programme in gender and equality policies and has a wide portfolio of multidisciplinary research projects.
- The Centre for Women’s Studies aims to achieve effective equality between women and men and is open to the participation of the entire university community.
Secondly, based on the Spanish Act on Equality between women and men, equality units (as envisaged in the law) have been created which form the basis for the production and implementation of university equality plans.
And finally, through different services, the universities are developing internal awareness policies, which include research awards for gender studies, for instance:
- The five Valencian public universities sponsor the “Presen Saez de Descatllar” research award. This annual award is held by the Coordination Centre for Gender Studies, which is a benchmark section within CAMPUSHABITAT5U.
CAMPUSHABITAT5U has made major advances regarding accessibility and attention to diversity. This is evident above all in improved access to buildings and to information, eliminating architectural and communication barriers. The following are some of the highlights among the various initiatives developed up to now:
- The CEDAT Foundation which researches and develops support products to aid the social and professional integration of disabled people and to foster a greater level of autonomy among this group. It also identifies where to encourage occupational training, lifelong learning or new degree programmes relating to these issues. The efforts made from within the CEDAT Foundation have materialized in the AENOR Universal Accessibility Certificate.
- Integration Services for People with Disabilities. This service coordinates all of the activities that come from the Universal Accessibility Programme, which has had a certified quality system in place, in accordance with standard ISO 9001, since 2005.
- What is more, the campus Electronic Accessibility Plan aims to ensure that the design and content of all CAMPUSHABITAT5U websites are fully accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities and the elderly.
- Finally, CAMPUSHABITAT5U has an entrepreneurial initiative in place called the Asociación TetraSport. This is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting physical activity adapted for people with disabilities. It is especially aimed at people who encounter the greatest difficulty in accessing the conventional range of activities.
c) Cooperation in development
The member organizations of CAMPUSHABITAT5U have developed a wide range of programmes for volunteers and international cooperation. These programmes will be coordinated and the involvement of the university community as a whole will be encouraged in this specific social commitment.
The campus has Cooperation in Development and Solidarity Offices, which are responsible for diffusing and developing the principles of solidarity and cooperation within the university community.
Finally, mention should be made in this section that CAMPUSHABITAT5U holds two UNESCO Chairs: the UNESCO Chair in Development Studies, for the purpose of promoting cooperation and exchange activities with institutions in developing countries, and especially intended to foster inter-university cooperation; and the UNESCO Chair in Philosophy and Peace, which represents recognition by UNESCO of a commitment to the values of peace, equality and recognition of cultural diversity through the construction and diffusion of a culture for peace.
Promoting healthy environments
As a higher education institution, CAMPUSHABITAT5U aims to encourage a sense of responsibility towards conservation and healthier environments among all members of the university community, employees and students. Some highlights in this area to date include:
- CAMPUSHABITAT5U belongs to the Spanish Network of Healthy Universities (REUS). This is an initiative to promote healthy living that was founded in 2008 and aims to reinforce the role that universities play as entities promoting the health and well-being of their students, employees and society as a whole and playing a leading and supportive role in processes of social change.
- As mentioned earlier in relation to the creation of the common strategy Sustainable and Healthy Campus, a set of specific measures have now been planned to promote a healthy campus.
- Regarding safety and risk prevention in the workplace, CAMPUSHABITAT5U has a designated Risk Prevention in the Workplace policy to ensure the safety of all members of the university community and effectively improve the conditions under which work, teaching and research activities are carried out, thereby improving the sense of well-being and satisfaction in the workplace.
- The most important services and activities within CAMPUSHABITAT5U aimed at promoting health within the university community are:
- The Sports Service, which has multiple aims: on one hand it serves to counterbalance academic life, and on the other, it relates to developing healthy and hygienic habits.CAMPUSHABITAT5U has recently obtained AENOR certificate nº ER-0921/2010 for sports activities management.
- The University Championships of the Autonomous Community (CADU), which enjoys the active participation of seven universities in the Valencian Community through sports services.
- A Programme for Elite Sportspeople, undertaken in collaboration with the Spanish Sports Council, which allows the development of a specific programme to assist high-level and elite sportspeople in combining university studies with practising elite sports.
TRANSFORMATION OF THE CAMPUS: OBJECTIVES AND STRANDS OF ACTION
In the area of campus transformation involves the construction of university environments specializing in Habitat and Territory which interact and promote open exchange with the knowledge society and the new economy. Therefore, for the purpose of ensuring the ongoing interaction between the territory and its environment, the following objectives have been set:
- To foster the coordinating and structuring character of the campus to contribute to the revitalization of socially cohesive settings
- To promote creativity and innovation as an alternative approach to sustainable growth
- To consolidate a sustainable campus to improve the quality of life it its inhabitants
- To promote a inclusive social model in a quality university environment
Strands of action
Each of these general objectives is comprised of different measures focused on the sphere of Habitat and Territory as topics of specialization, which aim to influence the implementation and improvement of an inclusive social model on campus. Specifically the following strands of action have been planned:
Strand 1: Coordination between the university campus and the city
Strand 2: Art as an interdisciplinary platform
Strand 3: Innovative and accessible infrastructure
Strand 4: Promoting quality environments
The measures for each of these strands are described below:
Strand 1. Coordination between the university campus and the city
A project on Habitat does not make sense unless the SUPV university campuses themselves apply a campus model that allows the incorporation of elements on which teaching and research is based (technological, sociological, sustainable, etc.).
To do this, the campus and the science parks of the five Valencian public universities will become laboratories for testing technological and social solutions to problems related to Habitat and Territory. These solutions will be applicable, first of all, to the cities and towns of the CV and can be subsequently extrapolated on an international scale. The objective is to allow innovative products and environments to be tested in real contexts as prototypes.
The campuses themselves act as symbols for transformation, with the aim of generating changes in the concept of Habitat and Territory. In this respect, three experimental programmes will be undertaken:
- University campus Living Technology Labs on Habitat and Territory
- University campus Living Labs on the physical-urban development and social structuring of the urban environment
- University campus Living Labs on sustainable solutions
- University campus Living Science and Technology Labs on Habitat and Territory: the campuses should become Habitats for excellence, so that the university represents the motor in the regeneration of the city habitat and its territory, contributing to and generating value in the fields of campus specialization.Living Labs allow researchers and companies to analyze the user’s acceptance of solutions generated and their level of usability, while evaluating the viability of bringing the product to market.The clustering efforts made by CAMPUSHABITAT5U represent an opportunity for the experimentation and testing of new technological solutions, which will foster the ability of companies to provide responses based on emerging economic activities. This much-needed economic revitalization and transformation supports a leading sector within the Valencian economy as a whole.The alliance will provide sufficient dimension to compete and to develop more-promising business opportunities on a global scale.
- University campus Living Labs on the physical-urban development and social structuring of the urban environment:the objective is to position the campuses as hubs of experimentation aimed at perfecting territorial structuring systems and improving social cohesion in urban settings. In this context the concept of university-city-territory cooperation is very important as a valid route towards finding suitable solutions. This should be achieved in such away as not to exclude the demand for imagination and an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, and to offer a participative perspective on how urban resources should be configured for successful cohabitation.In this case the university represents an essential testing space to incorporate accessibility criteria and to give value to landscaping and the importance of public spaces as vital physical-urban development elements to promote social interaction and involvement. It also provides for the creation of informal spaces in which tolerance is a basic and fundamental value to attract and retain talent.In this case, the success of the Living Labs will lie in the capacity of CAMPUSHABITAT5U to capitalize on its experiences in order to offer alternative policies to support the definition of a territorial model for an equitable future without social or architectural barriers, envisaging it as an urban model with universal accessibility criteria.Physical-urban development solutions represent high-value innovations for managing and successfully developing the urban development process in cities. These innovations are spurred by the high concentration of economic activity in metropolitan areas. Therefore, in order to transfer these efforts to action and to political agendas, this programme is to be integrated into the Urbanization Knowledge Platforminitiative:
This is an on-line platform that aims to connect good practices and innovations with problems that are threatening contemporary cities around the world, based on fast knowledge exchange with high impact indices. In this respect, the capacity for alliance and international networking is understood to be a viable platform for improving the construction of cities without inequalities. A useful tool is empower, which is aimed at institutions that specialize in these fields.
This platform has the support of the World Bank and unites the efforts of national policy makers, cities, researchers, companies, organizations from the private sector and other social entities.
Apart from becoming an active member of the Urbanization Knowledge Platform, the final objective of this programme is to attract a regional platform event to the Valencian Community before 2013, in order to showcase the solutions achieved to date to other members from all over the world.
- University campus Living Labs on sustainable solutions:the contribution of the university to configuring sustainable cities and territories starts with the concept of urban models with density levels that form compact environments with a wide variety of uses and functions.In this case, the Living Labs are basically centred on promoting a pilot project for sustainable solutions in each of the university locations of the five higher education institutions that form the CAMPUSHABITAT5U strategic alliance.With the goal of integrating territorial, economic, environmental and social factors to achieve a sustainable urban model, CAMPUSHABITAT5U plans to be guided by the methodological criteria and the system of indicators defined by the CAT-MED project (Change Mediterranean Metropolises around Time).This initiative unites eleven Mediterranean cities and aims to have a “green apple” pilot project in place in each of them by 2013. Four Spanish cities are participating in the project: Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga; three Italian cities: Rome, Turin and Genoa; two Greek cities: Athens and Thessaloniki; and two French cities: Marseilles and Pays D’Aix. The Mediterranean institute provides transnational technical support to the members.The “green apple” pilot project is a model of a small-scale city that must feature green zones, bioclimatic buildings, and systems for energy collection while also focusing on waste recovery.Therefore, actively participating in the “green apple” experiment from CAMPUSHABITAT5U, as a step towards constructing sustainable cities in symphony with the strategy declared by city of Valencia, constitutes the objective of the university campus Living Labs on sustainable solutions.The SUPV has already indirectly participated in the “green apple” pilot project of the city of Valencia: Plan RIVA-Russafa (see section 2.7, Participation in the Model of a Sustainable Economy).The experimental method based on the “green apple” project and developed by CAT-MED consists of:
- developing a pilot project that reflects the basic characteristics of sustainable Mediterranean cities and of ecological, efficient and energy-saving structures;
- configuring a prototype in an attempt to provide a real example of how interventions can be made when developing a sustainable area;
- differentiating the characteristics of the “green apple” project in each city while sharing a common denominator that identifies them symbolically based on their ecological and social characteristics;
- basing the project on consolidating and sharing a system of urban sustainability indicators that will allow an understanding of the evolution of the urban systems and an evaluation of the public policies applied in each case, within the time period.
Strand 2. Art as an interdisciplinary platform
Throughout its history, CAMPUSHABITAT5U has shown that the interaction between art, science and technology represents a key component for the exploration of new interdisciplinary platforms with ample opportunities for innovation.
Therefore, the following measure is proposed:
- Habitat5U Exploratorium
- Habitat5U Exploratorium: this will be a flexible space that promotes interdisciplinary collaborative work with the priority of exploring the interaction of art-science-technology (ACT).This will require: promoting interdisciplinarity through education, focusing on the different cycles and developing educational strategies aimed at measuring artistic and scientific content; providing assistance in the development of research projects in the interaction between art, science and technology based on public calls for proposals.The following actions are proposed to this end:
- Creating a programme to fund projects that require the collaboration of specialists from different fields (artists, scientists, architects, engineers and technologists).
- Encouraging artists to attend scientific laboratories through a grants programme and residences for the production of artistic projects.
- Publicizing the results of sponsored research through conferences, publications, on-line platforms and television.
It will also have the alliance of contemporary art museums and exhibition halls, science museums, the Valencian Association of Art Critics and the Associations of Visual Artists of Valencia, Alicante and Castellon, as well as companies interested in mediation processes in the interaction between humans and machines where the artist can play a decisive part as a critical tester of innovations.
Strand 3. Innovative and accessible infrastructure
With the aim of continuing to construct the campus as a Habitat for excellence, measures must be undertaken that will allow the five Valencian public universities to be positioned at the cutting edge of environmental innovations. Above all, this involves launching all institutional policies that favour the incorporation of sustainability indices relating to habitat and to the conservation of the environment in order to allow levels of efficiency and applicability to be compared between different campuses on a national and international level.
To this end, the following measures are proposed:
- Sustainable laboratories at CAMPUSHABITAT5U
- Rehabilitation and adaptation of CAMPUSHABITAT5U environments
- Mobile signs and orientation system at CAMPUSHABITAT5U
- Certification of the Environmental Management System
- CAMPUSHABITAT5U, a sustainable and healthy campus
- Sustainable laboratories at CAMPUSHABITAT5U: CAMPUSHABITAT5U already has a collaboration framework agreement in place with the MAITE Foundation for the development, implementation and improvement of a sustainable laboratory model through the activities of the Spanish Network of Sustainable Laboratories (LABS).Within the framework of that agreement and this proposal, CAMPUSHABITAT5U will request advice from the MAITE Foundation in order to evaluate the level of sustainability of certain laboratories and research centres on campus, and produce a proposal of measures to be undertaken in an effort to improve their sustainability as well as a sustainable management plan.This measure consolidates the CAMPUSHABITAT5U alliance as a collaborating member of the LABS Network. This alliance is important to campus internationalization because, through the abovementioned agreement, CAMPUSHABITAT5U will participate in the working groups of the platforms on sustainable laboratories on an international level with every organization that has signed collaboration agreements with MAITE.
- Rehabilitation and adaptation of CAMPUSHABITAT5U environments: obtaining an accessible Habitat with sustainable systems of mobility are priority strategic objectives of CAMPUSHABITAT5U. To this end, the following measures are planned, among others:
- Adapting buildings, equipment and infrastructures in academic environments, libraries and services directed at disabled people.
- Adapting historic buildings with accessibility problems for disabled people where cultural activities, conferences and other university events are held.
- Developing Sustainable Mobility Plans to achieve more accessible, sustainable and better-connected campuses. The following initiatives are of particular importance: i) promoting walking as a means of getting around; ii) promoting cycling; iii) promoting the use of group public transport; iv) promoting the rational use of private motorized vehicles.
The five universities in the CAMPUSHABITAT5U alliance should set an example in the project both in relation to universal access and inclusion in all buildings, facilities and services within the university campuses, as well as in relation to mobility (campus and intercampus). They should take advantage of the opportunities presented by technological advances that are applicable to environmental management.
- Mobile signs and orientation system at CAMPUSHABITAT5U: people with visual disabilities, mental disorders, Asperger’s syndrome and elderly participants in the CAMPUSHABITAT5U university programme for mature learners and even average students during their first days at the university often have major difficulties regarding orientation.For these reasons, CAMPUSHABITAT5U means to implement a system of signs available with beacons that emit text signals that can be received by each student’s mobile terminal and those of anybody else visiting the university. To achieve this, an interactive map can be used, which will be sent to the terminal via Bluetooth technology, communicating with the terminal via an app designed for this purpose. Furthermore, various transmitters will be positioned throughout the buildings to help the user find where they are on a general map and even be located, should the need arise.
- Certification of the Environmental Management System: the EMAS certification awarded to the UPV is a good starting point and it should be extended to the other university campuses within the institutions that head the CAMPUSHABITAT5U project.To do this, it is necessary to implement the management system across the campus in general, showing commitment to environmental protection from the institutional praxis to all activities undertaken within the university.
- CAMPUSHABITAT5U, a sustainable and healthy campus: as mentioned earlier, there is already a specific policy in place in Valencia to contribute to sustainability from all of the spheres that characterize university activity.
CAMPUSHABITAT5U intends to capitalize on the methodology used, the structure of the actions framework programme and systematized learning based on previous experience, in order to lead a common strategy than can be extended to Castellon and Alicante. This is a measure that aims to develop a joint sustainability policy as a core area in the CAMPUSHABITAT5U strategy, in order to drive initiatives to create Sustainable and Healthy Campuses within the Valencian Community.
Strand 4. Promoting quality environments
In keeping with the other measures planned regarding the transformation of the campus towards a comprehensive social model and its interaction with the local environment, measures need to be undertaken to consolidate the long history of excellence that the universities of the SUPV enjoy, including:
- Training and attracting talent based on the construction of a university residence.
- Creating an interuniversity platform on equality.
- The inauguration of the Network for the Coordination and Exchange of Cultural Programmes, which will promote better coordination and a venue for mutual inter-university learning.
- Consolidating sports and health-related services that have been launched and that have high recognition indexes, via the Sports-Health Programme, and improving sports facilities oriented towards activities promoting cardiovascular health.
- Creating a television platform on the Internet to improve our ability to diffuse and disclose the knowledge generated in the campus system.
- Construction of a university residence at the Elche campus: CAMPUSHABITAT5U plans to construct a university residence at the Elche campus with units that will be rented to students, teachers and researchers. It will have 90 studios for individual or double use, each measuring 30 m2, distributed over three floors. It will be based on a modern concept with a shared lounge area for every six studios, to allow the students to socialize with one another, as well as two group study zones on each floor.The residence will allow the training and research currently being undertaken at the level of CAMPUSHABITAT5U to be further internationalized, since it will help Erasmus students to move around more easily and increase the number of research stays in the Elche campus research institutes.
- Interuniversity Platform on Equality: for many years, the five public Valencian universities have been holding periodic cooperation meetings between universities and institutes with the aim of developing a common policy. In this respect, CAMPUSHABITAT5U represents the ideal platform from which to develop and consolidate an integrated interuniversity policy. This is a key step in developing shared, crossover measures to promote equality in the different university venues in the campus and in achieving optimum conditions for social cohesion without gender-based inequality.
- The Network for the Coordination and Exchange of Cultural Programmes: a coordinating effort is considered necessary to consolidate the different cultural promotion services of the five Valencian public universities and the university extension programmes offered throughout the CV. This is not only for the purpose of generating greater efficiency among the different initiatives sponsored by the SUPV, but also to structure an integrated network that will allow for advancement towards the identification of opportunities for mutual exchange and learning.
- Sports-Health Programme: there is a positive correlation between maintaining an active lifestyle and enjoying good health and a sense of well-being. This is because undertaking physical activities has always been considered a means of protecting our health and preventing risks, due to the major physiological and psychological benefits associated with physical exercise. Therefore, one of the strategic areas of CAMPUSHABITAT5U is to promote and facilitate the practice of sports at all levels with the aim of transmitting educational values through sport and improving the overall well-being of the university community.The specific actions included in this programme are the following:
- Making equipment available in a room designated for cardiovascular exercise in a new building.
- Promoting a joint sporting activities programme for target groups (overweight, eating disorders, type II diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, symptoms of anxiety) run by the Health in the Workplace and Sports Services.
- Monitoring the target population as a whole between the different specialists from both services and undertaking multidisciplinary work under the rubric of “sport-health”.
- IPTV CAMPUSHABITAT5U: one of the strategic lines of action of CAMPUSHABITAT5U is to provoke a change in attitude in the economic environment and in society in general in order to generate a process of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth based on knowledge, innovation and resource efficiency.
The opportunity resides in taking advantage of previous experience to drive a study for the introduction of an internet-based television platform (IPTV) as a tool for, among other things:
- Transmitting scientific advances to the population
- Publicizing science and technology among the student population to encourage an interest in the sciences
- Diffusing good practices in businesses and institutions
What is more, the platform will be a key tool in developing communication policies and for the international promotion of CAMPUSHABITAT5U.
TRANSFORMATION OF THE CAMPUS: EXPECTED RESULTS
Name of Indicador Current situation 2013 % Inc
2015 % Inc
Accessibility to information on the websites of the five universities 95% 97% 2% 100% 5%
Level of implementation of e-administration in teaching and research environments 20% 35% 75% 50% 150%
No. of diffusion activities related to social responsibility (equality, cooperation in development, energy efficiency, risk prevention, environmental management, ethics) 344 420 22% 500 45%
Research projects in the sphere of social responsibility (equality, cooperation in development, energy efficiency, risk prevention, environmental management, ethics) 550 625 14% 700 27%
% of the university community participating in sports activities 35% 40% 14% 45% 29%
Student participation in official sports competitions 4.025 4.300 7% 5.000 24%
No. organized cultural events and activities 1.420 1.700 20% 2.000 41%
No. of participants in volunteer, solidarity and cooperation programmes involving the university 3.128 3.500 12% 4.000 28%
No. of university accommodation and residence places 2.692 2.900 8% 3.200 19%
% extension in water, electricity and gas monitoring 80% 90% 13% 100% 25%
% of buildings and facilities adapted for and totally accessible to persons with all classes of disabilities 80% 90% 13% 100% 25%
Data refers exclusively to CAMPUSHABITAT5U’s area of specialization, i.e. Habitat and Territory