UNIVERSITY FOSTERS INNOVATION AT HIGH SCHOOL: AN INNOVATIVE BACCALAUREATE MODEL

M.B. Peña Lang1, S. Herrero Santos2, J.C. Merino Morales3, I. Moya Rodríguez2

1Universidad del País Vasco (SPAIN)
2Colegio Virgen del Remedio (SPAIN)
3Internationalization Centre for Continuous Innovation (SPAIN)
Our society is changing, new necessities appear and Education is following the same tendency. From the business world, companies are demanding from universities a new kind of worker, who is able to deal with new challenges, not only because of their knowledge, but because of their capacity to find relevant information and their skills to handle it. Universities are updating and they are doing an important investment to fulfil the job market expectations. Nevertheless, it means that the current students have to be very different from the traditional pupils, who were steady in a master class. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and Internationalization Centre for Continuous Innovation (ICCI) have been very sensitive to this new reality and, a year ago, went further: UPV and ICCI started a new project with Virgen del Remedio School in Alcorcón (Madrid) in which these three institutions shared the conviction that the university student´s training should not start at first year degree, but some years before, at high school. Following this conception, the Department of Business Administration of UPV and ICCI have designed and fostered at Virgen del Remedio School a new Baccalaureate organizing structure in which the student´s way of working follows the scientific method. In this way, they get not only the knowledge required in every subject, but they acquire the demanded skills that companies claim for at the end of the educational process. So, university itself (UPV/EHU) and ICCI take place in the previous education stage of the future university students, and support this ambitious project with Virgen del Remedio high school students. For them, application of scientific method is developing a proactive attitude in their own learning process, carrying out international experiences and improving their skills in different areas. The result of this is still taking place, but the novel combination of a new organizational structure and scientific methodology in the students´ development, is yielding an interesting improvement in their performances as students, who will become the future creative workers and responsible citizens that we want to educate.