This general theme will be addressed in the VIII International Conference on University Teaching and Innovation (CIDUI) that will be held on 2 – 4 July 2014, in Tarragona, at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV).
Since the year 2000, a new CIDUI conference has been held every two years. Today, it is a well established event that brings together a large number of lecturers and other professionals in the field of education, driven by the good will of turning the university into an institution that responds to the challenges of our society.
On account of the current educational, social and economic context, the upcoming CIDUI conference is conceived as an occasion for reflecting on and sharing ideas and experiences with regard to the educational outputs that the university can offer in order to help the students satisfy their needs and have access to occupation. Another important question is how this can contribute to the competitiveness of qualified workforce. In the field of higher education in Spain, flexible models aiming to reach a balance between basic education, professional competences and orientation in the labour market have arisen in recent years. These models give an increasingly active part to the student, not only in their education, but also in the institutional context, in which they are encouraged to engage.