There were many places where UpToYou left its mark this past March. As part of a five weeks academic stay, UpToYou stopped at Puebla, Aguascalientes, Veracruz and Queretaro.
The main destination this time was the university of Puebla Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP).
The main reason for this stay at UPAEP was the opening of a line of research on emotional education similar to that of UpToYou. If everything goes according to plan, this work will result in a partnership program between UNAV (University of Navarra) and the UPAEP.
During his time there, the director of UpToYou, José Víctor Orón, explained that emotions are an effect of the complexity of humans’ life, therefore they can no longer be considered haphazard but they become logical, though complex, while they provide information of one’s personal state. He asserted that he has observed a worldwide tendency to make education more and more technical; the key to the student’s success is to obtain good qualifications. In addition, the philosophical, neuroscientific and psychological foundations of the different proposals on emotional education were explained.
During the weekends UpToYou visited other universities in Mexico. Through the iniciative of the Department of Humanities at Cristobal Colón University (Veracruz), UpToYou presented the conference: “Emotional education in the educational process”. The goal was to set general strategies to be implemented by teachers in order to promote the development of emotional education among teenagers.
The conference was shared in two encounters. Firstly it was presented to academics from the Department of Education Sciences and Psychology, alongside tutors from other Bachelor degrees at Cristobal Colón Universtiy. Secondly the conference was shared with a bigger audience, including Colegio Colón, Colegio Calasancio Nuevo Veracruz and Escuela Calasanz. At a meeting with the dean it was discussed the possibility to reach an agreement between Cristobal Colón and UNAV (University of Navarra) for the development of UpToYou.
Another visit was paid to the Universidad Panamericana’s headquarters in Aguascalientes. The foundations of UpToYou were also introduced to students from the psychology and pedagogy degree at a lunch meeting with interested professors, as well as at a dinner meeting with students of the last year of the psychology degree.
Finally, the program was presented at the research center CISAV in Querétaro.