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FOSTERING ENGLISH-TAUGHT HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN A SPANISH UNIVERSITY: THE TECHENGLISH INNOVATIVE PROJECT
Year:2015
Research Areas
  • Higher education and university education pupils
Information
Abstract
In recent years, coinciding with adjustments to the Bologna process, many European universities have attempted to improve their international profile by increasing course offerings in English. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), Spain has notably increased its English-taught higher education programs, ranking fifth in the list of European countries by number of English-taught Master's programs in 2013. This article presents the goals and preliminary results of an on-going innovative education project (TechEnglish) that aims to promote course offerings in English at the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM). The UPM is the oldest and largest of all Technical Universities in Spain. It offers graduate and postgraduate programs that cover all the engineering disciplines as well as architecture. Currently, the UPM has no specific bilingual/multilingual program to promote teaching in English, although there is an Educational Model Whitepaper (with a focus on undergraduate degrees) that promotes the development of activities like an International Semester or a unique shared curriculum. The TechEnglish project is an attempt to foster courses taught in English at 7 UPM Technical Schools, including students and 80 faculty members. Four tasks were identified: (1) to design a university wide framework to increase course offerings, (2) to identify administrative difficulties, (3) to increase visibility of courses offered, and (4) to disseminate the results of the project. First, to design a program we analyzed existing programs at other Spanish universities, and other projects and efforts already under way at the UPM. A total of 13 plans were analyzed and classified according to their relation with students (learning), professors (teaching), administration, course offerings, other actors/institutions within the university (e.g., language departments), funds and projects, dissemination activities, mobility plans and quality control. Second, to begin to identify administrative and organizational difficulties in the implementation of teaching in English, we first estimated the current and potential course offerings at the undergraduate level at the UPM using a survey (student, teacher and administrative demand, level of English and willingness to work in English). Third, to make the course offerings more attractive for both Spanish and international students we examined the way the most prestigious universities in Spain and in Europe try to improve the visibility of their academic offerings in English. Finally, to disseminate the results of the project we created a web page and a workspace on the Moodle education platform and prepared conferences and workshops within the UPM. Preliminary results show that increasing course offerings in English is an important step to promote the internationalization of the University. The main difficulties identified at the UPM were related to how to acknowledge/certify the departments, teachers or students involved in English courses, how students should register for the courses, how departments should split and schedule the courses (Spanish and English), and the lack of qualified personnel. A concerted effort could be made to increase the visibility of English-taught programs offered on-line.
International
Si
Congress
International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED)
OTHERS
Place
Madrid
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
978-84-606-5763-7
Start Date
02/03/2015
End Date
04/03/2015
From page
6314
To page
6320
Proceedings of INTED 2015 Conference 2nd-4th March 2015
Participants
  • Autor: I. Blanco
  • Autor: Ana Alises Perez (UPM)
  • Autor: Isabel Marta Allona Alberich (UPM)
  • Autor: Irina M Arguelles Alvarez (UPM)
  • Autor: G. Arribas
  • Autor: Juan Ramon Astillero Aparicio (UPM)
  • Autor: Jose Miguel Atienza Riera (UPM)
  • Autor: Carmen Rosa Batalla Rosado (UPM)
  • Autor: M. Blanco
  • Autor: Carolina Chaya Romero (UPM)
  • Autor: Oscar de Abril Torralba (UPM)
  • Autor: Marina Delgado Tellez de Cepeda (UPM)
  • Autor: Carmen Dieguez Martinez (UPM)
  • Autor: Manuel Gonzalez Guerrero (UPM)
  • Autor: Sonsoles Gonzalez Rodrigo (UPM)
  • Autor: Pablo Gonzalez-Melendi De Leon (UPM)
  • Autor: Chiquinquira Hontoria Fernandez (UPM)
  • Autor: Lucia Jorda Miro (UPM)
  • Autor: Jon Iñaqui Lizaso Oñate (UPM)
  • Autor: Danilo Magistrali (UPM)
  • Autor: Ignacio Mariscal Sancho (UPM)
  • Autor: Sara Mira Perez (UPM)
  • Autor: Ana Maria Moliner Aramendia (UPM)
  • Autor: Juan Francisco Padial Molina (UPM)
  • Autor: Juana Perez Arias (UPM)
  • Autor: Joana Ana Pierce M.Mahon (UPM)
  • Autor: Maria Dolores Redondas Marrero (UPM)
  • Autor: Luis Rey Navarro (UPM)
  • Autor: Maria del Mar Robisco Martin (UPM)
  • Autor: Leonor Rodriguez Sinobas (UPM)
  • Autor: Sonia Luisa Rueda Perez (UPM)
  • Autor: Fernando San Jose Martinez (UPM)
  • Autor: Carmen Sancho Guinda (UPM)
  • Autor: Jose Manuel Vassallo Magro (UPM)
  • Autor: Morris Ricardo Villarroel Robinson (UPM)
  • Autor: Carlos Zanuy Sanchez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Calidad de Suelos y Aplicaciones medioambientales
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Investigación del Transporte
  • Departamento: Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas, CBGP
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios Medioambientales (CEIGRAM). Centro Mixto UPM-AGROMUTUA-ENESA
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Agroforestal
  • Departamento: Mecánica de Medios Continuos y Teoría de Estructuras
  • Departamento: Matemática Aplicada
  • Departamento: Construcciones Arquitectónicas y su Control
  • Departamento: Biotecnología - Biología Vegetal
  • Departamento: Lingüística Aplicada a la Ciencia y a la Tecnología
  • Departamento: Estructuras y Física de Edificación
  • Departamento: Producción Agraria
  • Departamento: Ciencia de Materiales
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