Leaders from the Camilo José Cela University (Madrid) visit Kőszeg
The delegation of the University Camilo José Cela (UCJC) from Madrid (Spain) composed by the Chairman of the International Advisory Board, Professor Arpad von Lazar together with Rector Dr. Samuel Martín-Barbero and the Dean of the School of Architecture and Technology, Miguel Angel Díaz Camacho visited IASK in order to present to the faculty and students body their unique higher education model as well as their smart cities scope and urban management approach.
The University Camilo José Cela (UCJC) is a forward-looking learning-institution, placed to bridge the gap between traditional and modern times. Founded in 2000, UCJC's "DNA" curriculum is composed of three fundamental ideas, three "I"s: Interdisciplinary, Innovative and internationalized approach in teaching, researching and managing internal talent and knowledge. These roots support UCJC's mission to offer and deliver avant-garde courses, classes, degrees and methods. All five different faculties at UCJC: Health, Communication, Education, Architecture and Technology, Law and Economics, believes in providing a full-student experience. Modeled after the quintessential American student campus, the Villafranca undergraduate Campus is a community in and of itself providing the optimal environment crafted for learning and living. For its graduate students the UCJC recently inaugurated its new headquarters, providing state of the art facilities in the heart of Madrid's city center (Almagro). The prime urban location connects students with a variety of professionals, organizations, corporations and NGOs.
UCJC holds Spain's first integrated (in terms of disciplines) and category of pre-college summer program, entitled Humanities, Science, and Technology (HST); a two-week intensive intellectual and practical experience for 15-17 year old high school students, taught in English and Spanish Language. An extended version of this program (´The Hive´) in form of a core curriculum reaches and unites all first-year bachelor's degree students. Class content and field visits ranges from imagining cyborgs and the new human ethics, architecture and its human experience, to technical audiovisual workshops and public speaking. To be prepared for today's world, students must develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and capacities. Another examples of UCJC recent corresponding actions is their B.A. in Communication, B.Sc. In Business and Technology, B.A. in Digital Arts and its B.Sc. in Urban Management. Students incorporate into regular practice at a cutting edge MediaLab, in required internships, and in mandatory intercontinental immersion programs. All new academic programs believe in learning with an open, multicultural and entrepreneur mindset.
Introduction of the smart cities - smart regions project at the Institute of Advanced Studies
During the two-day meeting, apart from the restricted consultation on the professional cooperation between the Spanish private university and the iASK, those interested could familiarize themselves with the project entitled ‘Smart cities, smart regions - and the future of the urbanization’ presented by Dean Miguel Angel Diaz Camacho at the Zwinger Bastion.
The institution in Madrid has also dealt with the “Smart cities, smart regions’ concept for a long time, thus sharing of experience was an essential part of the meeting in Kőszeg. The so-called fourth industrial revolution has formed the basis of their research and the resulting establishment of city and corporate management.
According to them, cities and city networks represent the necessary resources while the balance of their systems would contribute to the basis of optimal sustainability. During the polemics following the presentation, questions arose concerning the boundaries and limits of urbanization.
Arpad von Lazar, who is of Hungarian origin, is an outstanding figure of the cooperation with iASK. He is Professor Emeritus of the Fletcher School at the Tufts University, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and has formerly worked as an advisor to several great international companies and banks.