The CEU UCH’s Strategic Development and Quality Unit's purpose is to encourage a culture of innovation and excellence in the education of our students.
The Strategic Development and Quality Unit (Unidad de Desarrollo Estratégico y Calidad, UDEC) encourages, facilitates and administers activities in the strategic development and quality areas for all the faculties, schools, campuses and services of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU UCH).
Since it was established in 2005-2006, under the initial name of the Technical Unit for Quality, it has sought to support the constant improvement of the University’s study programmes and processes, adherence to national and regional legislation, and coherence with the rest of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
At the UDEC, we seek to realize our Rector’s vision and directives, working in close collaboration with the University’s governance bodies, study programme administrators and University services, together with all those who form part of our university community. In this way, we strive to ensure that projects are carried out to a high standard, encouraging a culture of innovation and excellence in education, with the University’s strategic objectives in mind. The ultimate aim is to make CEU UCH an outstanding institution within the European Higher Education Area.
The Strategic Development and Quality Unit (UDEC) is an administrative department which serves all the University’s faculties, schools, and campuses and it is structured as follows:
Strategic Development and Quality Unit (UDEC)
Carrer Assegadors, 2
46115 Alfara del Patriarca - Valencia
Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and Communication, and General
Deputy Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and Communication, and Quality Coordination Officer
The UDEC provides the following services:
The UDEC is responsible for the continuous improvement of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University’s processes and services. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that the University is a leading higher education institution, with outstanding teaching and efficient and reliable services. The UDEC is open to collaboration with the whole university community – students, lecturers and administrative and service staff. By working as a team, we can achieve continuous improvement.
To view the UDEC’s annual Activity Reports, click on the link below:
Our vision, mission and values shape the quality objectives defined for the next three years. The quality objectives in turn shape the quality policies, which lay down the areas of operation and which guide the selection of the specific actions which will ensure the quality objectives can be achieved.
To improve the learning process so that students can enhance their capacity to think critically, to explore and deepen their knowledge of their field autonomously, and to interpret their social and cultural environment.
The above objective forms the basis of the quality policy for the improvement of the learning process.
Today’s study programmes are designed in terms of target competencies and learning outcomes. This conception of learning represents a significant change from the previous model, which was more focused on content. To improve graduate employability, we must seek to improve the application of the competency-based learning process.
The profound cultural, technological, scientific and social changes that are taking place, which have come to be called the fourth industrial revolution, are changing the required skill set of certain professions. This means that new areas of development and specialization are opening up within existing professions, and completely new professions are also being created.
Change has become a constant in today’s society. This means that we must be more flexible and use critical thinking to a greater extent in order to ensure the autonomy and welfare of our communities and each person within them.
To improve the student’s university experience by enhancing their personal development through extra-curricular activities, improving their social integration into the university community, and addressing their needs for personal growth.
The above objective forms the basis of the quality policy for supporting students’ personal development
To ensure students take full advantage of the potential for personal development at the University, we must support and guide them and offer them opportunities for personal, spiritual, social, cultural, sporting and artistic growth.
To improve the ability of our graduates to develop their careers and become financially independent.
The above objective forms the basis of the quality policy for supporting graduate employability
To improve graduate employability, we must provide them with specific support to gain their first job and to develop the skills they need to develop their career in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.
The globalization of the economy and of knowledge opens up new opportunities for international careers.
To generate and communicate knowledge
The above objective forms the basis of the quality policy for research enhancement.
We see research as a service we can provide to society: by furthering knowledge, we can improve the world we live in. But creating new knowledge is not enough. We must also communicate and transfer this knowledge to society. We aim to enhance research activities at the University through multi-year programmes which are part of the University’s Strategic Research Plan.
To safeguard the institution’s economic sustainability and ensure its independence and foundational mission
The above objective forms the basis of our policy for student recruitment and satisfaction with teaching and university services
The University wishes to remain a higher education which is completely independent of other public and private interests. To achieve this, it must safeguard its economic sustainability on the basis of the resources it generates from its activities. Therefore, we must continue to improve the skills of our staff, as they provide the major part of the institution’s value to students and other stakeholders and are the basis of its prestige, which is also a key factor for student recruitment.
To foster principles which encourage students to work for the common good and improve society for everyone
The above objective forms the basis of the quality policy for the support of the humanities and ethics
Showing commitment and a desire to stand out by taking a stand are two of the University’s core values. That is why we want to students to forge a link between their professional life and making a contribution to the common good. To do this, we seek to develop their ability to recognize injustice and the desire to do something about it, and we also want them to take on the responsibility of contributing to others’ well-being, both at the individual and collective levels. Incorporating this perspective into their working lives will help them to become the best they can be. This means that our educational programmes must include learning and development opportunities which concern anthropological and ethical perspectives both on their profession and on society, while offering the opportunity to explore the transcendental dimension of existence.
To view the annual Results Reports for the DOCENTIA and DOCENTIA +CEU programmes, click on the link below:
The UDEC works closely with the University Statistical Service in the collation of the appropriate data and the creation of the necessary documentation the service requires, including:
The UDEC design and administers satisfaction surveys for different interest groups with regard to the quality of the educational programmes the University provides:
The UDEC may also be required to undertake research regarding the degree of user satisfaction with the implementation of projects undertaken by the different services, faculties and senior university management.
The University’s awards for innovation, known as the Premios a la Innovac(c)ión, take place on an annual basis and are organized by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and Communication. The aim is to promote innovative initiatives which seek to improve quality in the provision of general services.
To view the projects that have been submitted in previous years and the minutes of the award meetings, click on the link below.
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