Students from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) who cannot continue doing their internships in companies this course due to the coronavirus pandemic have the possibility of modifying their enrollment and taking another subject.
The registration modification can be done now and, preferably, before April 1.
The vice-rector for Academic Planning and Quality, José Luis Muñoz Lozano, advises that the procedure be carried out as soon as possible, in order to be able to join the classes for the new subject.
He also recommends that these students "make the modification, preferably, in some optional subject".
This situation affects more than 600 students, who generally enroll between 6 and 18 credits, for which they carry out between 150 and 450 hours of practical training in companies.
Very few are having the possibility of continuing their training period in person.
Other companies have allowed telecommuting.
But others are left with no option of continuity.
Due to the importance of the internships, the UPCT recommends that students who cannot continue with the internships, plan their studies in order to carry out their internships the next academic year.
However, some students need to complete the internships this course in order to qualify.
In that case, according to Muñoz Lozano, it is recommended that they report their case to the center's Management.
The internships in companies complement the theoretical training that students receive at the UPCT.
In our case, in Engineering, Architecture and Business, "the role of these practices is very important."
For the vice-rector, professor in the area of â€‹â€‹Systems and Automation Engineering, it is a direct contact with the labor reality that we bring them closer to in the classroom and a mechanism to apply all the skills acquired at the University, without the same responsibility as when they access their first job.
The role played by students in these practices is highly appreciated by employers, who tend to value when they are hired later and, in many cases, allow them to define their professional aspirations.
The possibility of modifying the registration is not offered as a result of the current situation due to the coronavirus.
The academic regulations of the Cartagena Polytechnic in force contemplate this option, according to Muñoz Lozano.