The University of the Basque Country is the public university based in the Basque Country. Its roots can be traced back to the University of Bilbao. It now has campuses, spread across the region- Biscay Campus (in Leiao, Bilbao, Portugalete and Barakaldo), Gipuzko Campus (in San Sebastián and Eibar), as well as Álava Campus in Vitoria-Gasteiz. With 90% of the basic research made in that territory, the school is the main research establishment in the Basque Country, and therefore playing an important part in the region’s success. Since its foundation over 30 years ago, the institution is now host to 45,000 students, 5,000 world-class academic staff, as well as modern facilities. The University of Basque Country’s motto is “Give and spread knowledge” and the school has been doing just that for the past few years. The institution is proud to be an excellent knowledge and experience and research provider. Prospective students can choose from 67 Bachelor degree programmes, and 103 official Master programmes, 44 professional & expert diplomas and 71 PhD programmes. The university strongly believes that education should include raising students’ awareness of the world. Its programmes are therefore build around an up-to-date curriculum that is designed to enable students to develop valuable skills for both career and life. Graduates are well-equipped with the competences to find employment within short time after graduating. Global companies value University of the Basque Country’s graduates for their teamwork and leadership skills, as well as their ability to solve problems and their decision-making skills. The school also places special emphasis on international connections- it works closely with academic and business partners in Spain and abroad. International students make up an important part of the student body; the International Relations Office manages over 900 exchange agreements with other Spanish, European and International universities worldwide.
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In my opinion, the website is very usefull and easy to use. Nevertheless, the WiFi drops very often just as the virtual system where students consult their marks and the university mail (which is a little poor and sluggish. It also sends a lot of spam, and I do not like that). The workforce, such as secretaries, jurnitures and even teachers, are almost inefficient, so that students have to solve so many problems by themselves. Only a little group of teachers are excellent professionals in their field in due to they do not have are not involved or interested at the subject, which is frustrating. Some subjects are taught theoretically and I miss aspects that are really important for the students’ future (especially to learn to interpret and not to study by heart). Accordingly, it would be fine encouraging debates. Another problem is the schedules, I mean: many classes and compulsory practices match with talks, courses, etc., which are complementary and frequently very interesting. A positive point is the library. It has several study rooms, a lot of bibliography and an attentive and efficient staff. In short, although the University of the Basque Country is trying, it needs to improve in general lines.
The web is a mess, it's hard to find most things because they are messy. The GAUR system in which to consult records, notes etc. is often hung, it seems to me very much improved. The wifi also drops very often. The technical service they offer is poor, when there are computer problems do not usually know how to solve them. In secretariat they do not usually know how to solve most of the problems with which we can find the students. It seems to me very well that the mail from the university we get offers of scholarships, works … in short, information that may interest us or be useful . The ability to perform automated online is very comfortable. There are many teachers who are excellent professionals in their field, however not all are good teachers despite being eminent in their field. When you are touched by a recognized professional who is also a good teacher is a joy, but the reality is that the vast majority do not have the slightest interest in class and are not involved, therefore frustrating to not be able to express the subject or power Learn too much from it, by how to impart it. In some races the load is excessive, usually they are subjects that in degree were like of 12 credits and to pass to degree they have had to be reduced to 6 credits but the matter that is imparted has not been reduced, reason why is compressed but it is An excessive load to be 6 credits requiring the student the work necessary to carry out a subject of 12. In addition many times are also exceeded by several jobs, practices, seminars, classroom practices and tests. If the workload is so extensive during the term, the final exam would have to have less weight, or if the majority weight is taken by the exam put less load of works and seminars that very often are not even reflected in the note, But they take away a lot of time. Some subjects are taught too theoretically and we miss aspects that are really important for our future, to really learn to interpret and not to study by heart, that the truth will not serve us much. On the campus of Leioa cultural Wednesdays are often not met, and many teachers put hours of classes and compulsory practices into schedules that coincide with talks, courses, etc., which are supposed to be classes that are not allowed to teach, but this rule is not observed . The library is very well, it has several study rooms, a lot of bibliography and an attentive and efficient staff.
The vast majority of teachers were really competent and skillful. Many of them shared their passion towards the subjects and that made me develop a huge interest towards my career. However, Bologna Educational System was too restrictive and attendance was compulsory, even if you were ill or have to visit your doctor. In my opinion, this does not support the independence of the students to decide when to skip classes in order to invest their precious time in the library or when to attend to interesting lessons.
As an audiovisual communication student, we are no taught operating with cameras. I am starting 3rd grade this year and we have not been taught any editing programme. Instead, we have been learning lessons related to history, economy and even maths! I do not know if this only happens in my degree but I would like it to improve, because I feel like nobody is taking care of us
Como estudiante en la facultad de educación, filosofía y antropología en San Sebastián creo que la universidad es buena en cuanto a aprendizaje ya que hay buenos docentes, pero las prácticas en esta facultad son muy limitadas, su organización muy caótica y no aportan gran cosa a la carrera. La oficina de relaciones internacionales es otro área que deja mucho que desear. El personal de secretaría y decanato es bastante eficiente, de eso no tengo queja.