21 May 2024

La Salle campuses in Madrid and Barcelona share reflections on research, teaching and educational models

At the I La Salle University Conference, teachers and researchers participate in conferences and work sessions to analyze the challenges posed by the link between technology and humanism

La Salle Centro Universitario Madrid and La Salle Campus Barcelona, a founding member of the Universitat Ramon Llull, have jointly organized the 1st La Salle University Conference, a meeting to share reflections by researchers and teachers on the challenges and opportunities posed by connection growing and transversal between technique and humanism. These conferences are born from the vocation of the La Salle university centers to work to offer training of excellence that, rooted in the values of its mission and identity, is committed to linking technological learning with a broad and plural humanistic-based education.

Over the course of two days, several presentations and work sessions have been held that have stimulated shared reflection in areas such as anthropology, pedagogy, bioethics, artificial intelligence, digitalization and design.

The inauguration and welcome of the event was carried out by the general director of the campus, Josep M. Santos, and the professor of the Faculty of Philosophy of La Salle, Armando Pego, to then allow the also professor of Philosophy, Francesc Torralba, to do the inaugural presentation titled 'University and technological disruption: heritage and future', in which he insisted on the importance of the university as a community of teachers and disciples, and the need for reflection in times of disruption: “For some, disruption Technology represents the catastrophe, the end of the university, and for others it represents progress on all campuses, not just in research. We must avoid falling into extremes.”

The work sessions included the participation of Xavier Canaleta, Javier Herrero, Charo Valdivielso, Ricardo Mejía, Carlos Navarro, Rosa Ma. Alsina, Joan Lluís Pijoan, Sergio Lerma, Xavier Sevillano, Carles Llinàs, José María Galindo and Sílvia Coll- Vinent. These first journeys vindicate the need for a climate of dialogue on differential aspects of research and teaching between the La Salle campuses in Madrid and Barcelona and reinforce the importance of sharing practices and knowledge.

At the closing ceremony, the two members of the organizing committee of the conference, professors Armando Pego and Hno. José Andrés Sánchez, insisted on the need to establish collaborations between universities to enrich knowledge, and have shown their satisfaction at being establishing a starting point for future conferences and meetings that allow us to share the challenges of today's world and the characteristics of learning models. For his part, the General Director of La Salle Campus Barcelona, Josep M. Santos, concluded the conference by congratulating all the participants and urging them to continue strengthening the community of Lasallian universities.