The Universitat de Tardor of Ontinyent ends its 9th edition with debates about the importance of talent and innovation in Sports and Economics.


The last edition of this seasonal university, an initiative of the Universitat de València, developed in collaboration with the City Council of Ontinyent and with the participation of the Valencian Provincial Council and different local entities, ends with a several intense debates, which have been taken place on the week about the differential elements between Ontinyent and Vall d’Albaida entitled “Talento, innovación y territorio” (Talent, innovation and territory).

The General Director of Economy, Miguel Lorente; the mayor of Ontinyent, Jorge Rodríguez; the vice-Principal of the Office for Territorial Projection and Participation of the Universitat de València, Jorge Hermosilla; the Secretary of ACV Tirant lo Blanc, Reis Gallego; and the vice-President of Caixa Ontinyent, José Pla, had opened the 4th Workshop Economía Valenciana (Valencian Economy Workshop), in the last day of the current edition of the Universitat de Tardor of Ontinyent.

Everyone has pointed out the importance of the institutional collaboration to start these initiatives such as this seasonal university, which this year has celebrated its ninth edition, that allow us to link the productive and the academic world.

In that line, Jorge Rodríguez, has pointed out the need of bet on the entrepreneurship, innovation and training as development basis. He has also insisted on the fact that success reside in the collaboration and implication of institutions in order to transfer and share knowledge about the singularities of every territory, with a view to face in a different way the future challenges.

The Universitat de València has organised this 9th edition of the Universitat de Tardor of Ontinyent (UTO), with the collaboration of Ontinyent City Council, Caixa Ontinyent, the Fundació Universitària Campus Ontinyent, the InnovatiOnt Chair and the Vall d'Albaida Institute of Studies.

The UTO is an academic initiative of the Ontinyent Campus aimed at the city and Vall d'Albaida, which has its origin in the interest of the Universitat de València, through the Office of the Vice-Principal for Territorial Projection and Participation, to promote education, research and knowledge transfer in relation to the singularities of each territory, thanks to the contributions of teachers, students, professionals and citizens of this locality and its region.

This year's slogan aims to refer to the importance of the talent of people, institutions and collectives as the driving force behind innovation and the backbone of the territory.

The lectures, with a multidisciplinary approach, will take place throughout the week in the Aula Magna of the Ontinyent Campus and the Cultural Centre Caixa Ontinyent with the celebration of several seminars (Teaching, Nursing, Economics, Unisocietat-IEVA and Sports), that have been given by experts in the different fields.

The workshop, which has taken place today at Centre Cultural Caixa Ontinyent, has included two expert sessions. The first, under the title Cap a una millor governança del Clúster Tèxtil. Com treure valor de la gestió del Clúster? (Towards a better management of the textile cluster. How to obtain the worth from the management of the cluster?) by Vicente Blanes, director general of AITEX; Júlia Company Sanus, director of IVACE; and representatives of ATEVAL.

The second session about Les cadenes de valor global al Clúster Tèxtil: estratègies i casos d'èxit (Global value chains to the textile cluster: strategies and success cases), by Càndid Penalba, CEO of Cotoblau and president of ATEVAL and the Consejo Intertextil Español (CIE, Spanish Intertextile Council); and José Pla, Professor of Business Organization at the Universitat de València.

The workshop will be closed by José Cantó, director of the Ontinyent Campus of the Universitat de València; Teresa García, general director of Cooperativism and Entrepreneurship; José Pla, professor of Business Organization at the Universitat de València; and Helena Àvila, from the Fundació Nexe.

Meanwhile the workshop, it had celebrated in Aula Magna of the Campus, a Sports Seminar under the title Talent i coordinació en l’esport (Talent and coordination in sports) coordinated by Ferrán Calabuig and Pedro Pérez. Leonor Gallardo Guerrero (UCLM) has focused her lecture on La tecnologia, l’emprendoria i la investigació al servei de l’esport (Technology, entrepreneurship and research at the service of sport), and Roberto Luna Arocas on La gestió del talent en l’esport (Talent management in sport).

This seminar has ended with two round tables, moderated by Roberto Luna Arocas, on El talent com a transformador de l’experiència vital (Talent as a transformer of life experience), directed by Ruth Aguilar Fulgencio; and Canviar d’altitud. Passió, Innovació i Creativitat per a volar ben alt (Change of altitude. Passion, Innovation and Creativity to reach the sky), by Raúl Carbonell Rodríguez, from Tot Globo.

About Seasonal Universities

The Universitat de València, through the Office of the Vice-Principal for Territorial Projection and Participation, has, over the last few years, set up a network of seasonal universities a name derived from the fact that they focus their activities on the same season of the year — which offer an interesting programme of free days, aimed at citizens of all ages.

Nowadays, the network is made up of 12 universities, located in as many municipalities and distributed throughout the different regions of the province, both inland and along the coast. Each one of them develops its programmes around a monographic theme linked to its particular idiosyncrasy, history and culture, under the coordination of a specialist in the subject.

The network consists of Alzira (Environment); Xàtiva (Cultural, oenological and natural tourism); Ademús (Landscapes of opportunity); Aras de los Olmos (New technologies, Astronomy and Development); Gandia (Laws of the World); Sagunt (Heritage of Humanity); Bunyol (Musical Heritage); Alaquàs (Analysis of the Castell-Palau d’Alaquàs); Llíria (Music, society and territory); Enguera (Rural development and new technologies); Ontinyent (Talent, opportunities and development); and L'Eliana (Smart city). Thanks to the collaboration of the Valencian Provincial Council, the network will be made up of 20 sites in 2020.

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