Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC): UC Design presents its new academic roadmap

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In the instance, the attributes of the School were highlighted in particular from the implementation of its new curriculum, and the opportunities that are presented for the discipline in the current context.

he week of welcome activities for UC Design rookies culminated with the presentation of the School’s new roadmap, in an event chaired by the rector Ignacio Sánchez and in which the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications , Juan Carlos Muñoz, the Vice-Rector for Academics at the University, Fernando Purcell , the Undersecretary for Patrimony of MINCAP , María Paulina Soto, the Dean of FADEU, Mario Ubilla, and the Director of the School of Design, Martín Tironi .

In the instance, the attributes of the School were highlighted in particular from the implementation of its new curriculum, and the opportunities that arise for the discipline in the current context.

“In Diseño UC designers are trained with a comprehensive approach. With nearly a thousand students, it is the largest university design school in Chile and as part of a complex university, such as the Catholic University, it has the possibility of integrating diverse disciplines and knowledge to create value and new knowledge in a broad spectrum”, pointed out the rector Ignacio Sánchez. He added that “the recent launch of this mesh, one of the most innovative in the region, progressively provides tools to strategically influence the public and private sectors, as well as various communities.”

“With nearly a thousand students, it is the largest university design school in Chile and as part of a complex university, such as the Catholic University, it has the possibility of integrating diverse disciplines and knowledge to create value and new knowledge in a broad spectrum” – Ignacio Sanchez, rector

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Martín Tironi, director of UC Design, delved into the opportunities that arise in the current scenario for Design, wondering about the role that the UC School of Design is called to play as a space for training, transformation and generation of knowledge.

“We cannot propose a School project without observing the context of deep transformations in which we are immersed. It would be naive on our part to project a vision for our School from a disciplinary confinement, and not try to dialogue with the complex times in which we live. The systemic challenges that we are going through, both on a national and global scale, are too urgent to remain in the comfort zone of disciplinary self-reference”, Martín Tironi, UC Design Director, began by saying.

“The systemic challenges that we are going through, both on a national and global scale, are too urgent to stay in the comfort zone of disciplinary self-reference” – Martín Tironi, director of Design UC

“We believe that it is the moment for Latin American thought and that from this School we can undertake a transversal exploration towards an “ethical turn of design”, resignifying the ancestral trades of our territories and communities, and at the same time promoting responsible innovations that can improve the habitability of our planet”, he pointed out.

The Undersecretary of Heritage praised the School’s capacity for self-assessment, of the possibilities that exist within the academy to confront views, reflect and build, and from there incorporate improvements in the tools and capacities that are required given the context.

Juan Carlos Muñoz, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of UC Design, recalling his experience from CEDEUS, and the importance of this imprint on university work.

“One of the greatest strengths of Design is its ability to generate bridges and collaborations with other areas of knowledge, managing to put itself at the service of multiple concerns and needs for problem solving”, he explained.

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