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Everything is ready for 'La Vanguardia' to launch the new digital channel on November 21 to address the concerns of the Catalan university community. It will be called 'La Uni' and aims to be a reference information platform for all actors involved in the university world. While it wants to explain to students the many novelties that are taking place in their universities, it also wants to become a container for reports with which to understand - from an external perspective - the academic life that we find in each faculty.
The presentation of this new project will be held next Tuesday, November 21, at 4 p.m., in the CosmoCaixa auditorium. There will be the presence of the highest representatives of all the agents involved: Joan Guàrdia, rector of the University of Barcelona; Javier Lafuente, rector of the Autonomous University of Barcelona; Daniel Crespo, Rector of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech. And Jordi Juan, director of 'La Vanguardia'.
This particular "inaugural class" will be led by Susanna Quadrado, head of the Society area of 'La Vanguardia' who will welcome the event and lead the round table entitled "The University as a key element of professional success ". And to honor the title of the meeting, there will be three former students who have achieved great milestones after their academic time at these three Catalan centers.
The first will be Anna Navarro Schlegel, who will participate online. He is a former student of the UB, and today he is a reference in the world of technology and globalization in Silicom Valley, where he has been for three decades. Graduated in English and German Philology, she is Vice President of the Product, International Market and Globalization Department at Procore Technologies. In 2020, Analytics Insight magazine promoted her as the world's most influential woman in technology, and in 2021, the prestigious CIO Look magazine selected her as the world's most admired business woman.
On behalf of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Yolanda Lupiñez, computer engineer and master's degree in Business Administration and Management from the EAE-UPC, will speak. With more than twenty years of experience in the information and communication technologies sector. She is an expert in digital transformation, especially applied to the field of health and public administration. During the course of her professional career she has served as director of the health unit in Catalonia of the international consultancy NTT Data, she has been director of digital transformation at the Fundació TIC Salut where she led the creation of the different response IT applications to the covid pandemic by the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Currently, she is CEO and founder of myllox, a startup that develops applications that simplify obtaining public aid, specializing in NextGeneration funds intended to improve the energy efficiency of homes.
Finally, Elisenda Bou-Balust will be the former student of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya who will demonstrate the professional and business success she achieved with the creation of a company specialized in artificial intelligence capable of indexing the images of a production audiovisual The feat achieved by the Vilynx company was quickly recognized by Apple who decided to acquire it, becoming the first acquisition that the American multinational made in Spain. Now, the business adventure that started on the UPC campus is based in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Palo Alto. Elisenda Bou-Balut studied telecommunications at the UPC, attended MIT (Boston) and participated in several projects linked to NASA and Google. In 2018, he won the Young Entrepreneur award given by the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Catalonia.
With this launch, 'La Uni' will start daily dissemination of informative content on its website and will be available to readers in any kind of digital format.