Telecommunications Engineering is the keystone of the Information Society and is, therefore, crucial to the deployment, planning and management of networks (both wired and wireless). Everything directly related to networks could be listed here, but the unprecedented importance of the Internet and its multimedia and audiovisual environment deserves special mention.
An advanced society is impossible to imagine nowadays without good communications and telecommunications infrastructures are, therefore, essential. This degree is designed to:
Train engineers with sound knowledge of telecommunications-oriented engineering with a broad, crosscutting, common grounding in the four specialisms, complemented with a specialist pathway specific to each.
Train professionals capable of addressing the requirements of the new information society and meet the demand of a sector which accounts for an increasingly important part of the country’s GDP. These graduates’ knowledge of hardware and software puts them in the privileged position of being able to address not only telecommunication network and equipment projects, but also electronics and programming work.
Students may choose to take some of the modules in Basque or English, depending on availability.
The official report on the qualification approved by ANECA is also available.
Telecommunications engineers specialise in the development of telecommunication networks, equipment and services, their mixed training in hardware and software also opening doors to employment in the field of electronics and programming. Engineers of this kind are much sought after abroad, the chief telecommunications firms preferring them over other professionals. Examples of companies and institutions which hire engineering graduates of this kind from the Public University of Navarre include: Telefónica (in Spain, mobiles, R&D), ONO, Opnatel, Talltec Sensors, Irutel, Lucent, Alcatel, Ericsson, Gamesa, Agilent, Pirelli, Red Eléctrica Española, Azkoyen, European Space Agency; the Government of Navarre, Cemitec and the University itself.
This Degree qualifies graduates for the regulated profession of Telecommunications Engineering Technician, furnishing them with the professional attributes required, as established in ministerial order CIN/352/2009. This means that holders of the qualification can perform those professional activities legally restricted to those authorised to do so.
The competences acquired by all graduates of this Degree are available here.
In addition to the Master’s in Telecommunications Engineering, approved by ANECA, students may continue their studies by taking:
Although others exist, the recommended pathways to study this degree are the High School Diploma (Bachillerato) in Technology or Natural and Health Sciences, and Upper Grade Vocational Training in the field of Information and Communication Technology or Electricity and Electronics. As for the personal characteristics of students, they should be well grounded in mathematics and physics, possess a capacity for analysis, reasoning, concentration, organisation and abstraction, and be inquisitive, imaginative and creative. They must also be interested in information and communication technologies (Internet, electronics, computers, communication networks, multimedia contents, etc.).
The University also offers what it calls "Zero Courses" (Foundation courses), which allow students to adapt to university-level education and are highly recommended in order to make up for possible deficiencies at entry level. These courses serve as introductions to some of the courses leading to qualifications awarded by the Public University of Navarre. They are designed to provide new undergraduates with a complementary grounding which focuses on two aims: to update, consolidate and complete certain basic concepts which they have already studied as part of Vocational Training or at High School (Bachillerato), and to furnish them with basic methodologies which will make life easier when they take the undergraduate degree course.
Find out about registering for this undergraduate degree here: http://www1.unavarra.es/estudios/acceso-y-matricula
The UPNA provides students with excellent student-support services. The most important of these are:
The Tutoring Plan provides each undergraduate with a personal tutor to monitor his/her progress. These tutors teach the course the student is taking and advise him/her on academic options, specialisms, career prospects, and how the university works, providing an initial contact point from which students are redirected to specific university services or units.
Finally, the Secretary’s Office and the School Management are also at the disposal of current, future and old students, and can be contacted electronically or via the offices on the Arrosadía Campus.
This Degree involves a variety of educational activities (lectures, participatory classes, practical classes, cooperative learning activities, group projects, self-reliant studying and work) which focus on developing general and specific competences based on a range of teaching methods (lectures, exercises and problem solving, learning based on case studies and problems, cooperative learning in small groups and project-based learning).
The approach is geared towards continuous assessment to evaluate the competences defined for the degree based on learning outcomes which demonstrate acquisition, applying different assessment criteria depending on the type of activity performed.
In order to be awarded the Degree, students must demonstrate level B1 competence in a foreign language (English, French, German or Italian) by means, at minimum, of one of the following:
The Degree has foreign student exchange agreements with universities in: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, the USA and Japan.
Students may also take part in national and international virtual mobility programmes.
The status of reduced-timetable student is granted in exceptional circumstance by the Rector or competent Vice-rector. Applications must be presented on a general request form at the Office of the University Registrar, together with supporting documentation