The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, through its Academic Vice Rector and its University Teaching Improvement Unit (UMDU), organized the certification and closing ceremony for two important initiatives undertaken during 2022, the execution of the 12th edition of the Diploma in University Teaching and the Spanish First edition of the Diploma in Transversal Communication Competence in Language.
Both initiatives were characterized by integrating key elements of the institutional educational model as well as one or more dimensions of the university teaching competency framework. The implementation of these programs had a significant financial contribution from the INNES UCV 19101 project of the Ministry of Education.
The Diploma in University Teaching, which completed its twelfth session, sought to strengthen teaching skills and improve the quality of training processes of its students with a focus on active and autonomous learning for comprehensive professional development of the students. Meanwhile, the Diploma in Transversal Communication Competence in the Spanish Language, aimed at teachers who teach the subjects, aims to develop the said competence in students through active and autonomous learning.
In this regard, the Academic Vice-Chancellor, Claudia Mejias, highlighted the importance of both diplomas and commended the commitment of the teachers who took up the challenge. “For the Rectory and the University, it is essential that our professors are constantly training at the heart of our University, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We are infinitely pleased with the effort they put into this task, in which we know that It also involves time, dedication and taking time out from our families on many occasions. We appreciate the commitment and we sincerely congratulate you on completing your graduate programs in good stead and with great success,” he added. Said.
María del Carmen Espinal, an academic at the School of Electrical Engineering, completed a Diploma in Transversal Communication Competence in the Spanish language. She commented that “during my performance as an associate professor, I felt the need to improve my academic skills. In conversations with my classmates during classes, we agreed that the program is quite intensive, not only Because of the amount of material involved, but also because those of us who participate are the protagonists of the learning process because we have to work actively, autonomously and collaboratively, which implies many hours of dedication and concentration “.
Professor Sebastian Gallardo of the Institute of Chemistry completed his Diploma in University Teaching and thanks the place for the collaboration between professors. “I would like to highlight the impact of the Diploma course, beyond its academic role, as a synergistic space for interaction between academics from different disciplines, which undoubtedly opened doors for collaborations and innovations through interdisciplinarity. Personally, I am so grateful to be lucky enough to share this with an extraordinary group of people”, he said.