Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: UC students start courses for General Training at G9 Network universities

In March, the virtual mobility project began among students from the institutions that make up the network, who are already taking subjects from different universities. Students who are participating positively highlighted the possibility of approaching new approaches, and meeting people from other houses of study, particularly in the current healthcare context.
camera During the last weeks, and even in the midst of the total quarantine, students from different UC undergraduate programs have met teachers and students from other Chilean universities thanks to the Virtual Student Mobility Project G9.- Photo Directorate of Communications.

During the last weeks, and even in the midst of the total quarantine, students from different UC undergraduate programs have met teachers and students from other Chilean universities thanks to the G9 virtual Student Mobility Project. “In a context of virtual classes that has spread more than anyone would have thought or wanted, initiatives like this are greatly appreciated, since they manage to get the best out of the complex context in which we live and take advantage of the advantages that the virtual modality brings” , highlighted the Engineering student Pablo Lorca.

The project seeks that students can expand the offer of courses available to them and promote interdiscipline by allowing them to take General Training courses offered by the institutions that make up the Network of Non-State Public Universities (G9).

This semester the alternatives proposed by the various houses of study were: Origins, the history of the formation of the Earth (UCN); Citizen Training (PUCV); Computational Thinking (UTFSM); Philosophy, what for? (PUC); Social networks and digital culture (UCM); Sculpture from modernity to our time (UdeC); Social outbreak 18-O: structural and experiential issues (UCSC); Film and video of native peoples (UCT) and Self-care and active life (UACh).

The G9 virtual Student Mobility project seeks that students can expand the offer of courses available to them and promote interdiscipline by allowing them to take General Training courses offered by the institutions that make up the Network of Non-State Public Universities (G9).

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One of the highlights of this first call was the high interest of UC students. In total, 162 applications were received for a total of 14 available vacancies, being “Self-care and active life”, from the Austral University, the one that reported the highest number of applications. In relation to the diversity of the applicants, the majority belong to the careers of Engineering, Law and Social Work.

Students: “It allows us to experiment and expand our horizons”
During the welcome meeting for the UC students participating in the project, the UC Academic Vice Chancellor, Fernando Purcell , highlighted the relevance of the project and valued the motivation of the students who are currently participating.

For their part, the students highlighted the possibility of approaching new methodologies, and getting to know other houses of study.

“It is an opportunity to access an academic offer different from that offered by the student’s home university, it also opens the way to live new experiences, meet different people, approach other methodologies, perspectives and approaches, which in turn will allow enriching one’s own way of seeing the world and interacting in it ”, commented the psychology student, Javiera Retamales.

“We are happy to participate in this experience and promote interdiscipline through the meeting between students from different corners of Chile, which bring new perspectives and enrich the discussion” – Paulina Rodríguez, Head of General Training of the Academic Directorate of Teaching.

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