The UC Rector and the Mayor of Torrelavega Town Council met on Friday to continue their work to promote the Torrelavega campus, which is currently in full progress. The Campus, which started a Degree in Speech Therapy this year, already has 760 students and hopes to become a key centre in renewable energies.
The rector took advantage of this occasion to visit 1st year students who are studying the new Degree in Speech Therapy, those who have contributed, together with students of Physiotherapy, Engineering in Mining Resources and Engineering in Energetic Resources, so that this year Torrelavega has 7% of the total number of UC students. This has meant a considerable increase during the last years, given that in the 2006-07 academic year they represented 3.9% of the number of students.
At the end of 2013, the Campus will have 80 new lodgings available to students and will respond to the growing needs created by the increase in the number of students in the city.
On the other hand, another of the projects dealt with by Gutiérrez-Solana and Calderón has been the specialization of the University School of Mining to change it into a “key centre” in renewable energies, together with other UC centres such as the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics, to promote an exchange of knowledge and experimentation.
In this sense, it is studying possible collaboration between the UC and Torrelavega Town Council to coordinate initiatives between the UC Technology Centre and the municipal centre for a group of premises, with regards to training and entrepreneurial activity.
Other initiatives set out were the following; implementation in Torrelavega Campus of a Head Office in the Senior Programme, extending education which is received in Santander; the opening of a Language Centre for Town Council Staff and other public administrations; or providing UNED (Open University) with installation to offer tutorials.