On February 28th of 1997, the Rector of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) proposed a draft of a Consolidation and Expansion, Creation of New Courses and Integration of Attached Centres program for the university. The two fundamental aims of this program were to achieve better quality levels for both teaching and research, and the commitment to set UCLM as a driving force for the economic and social development of the region. Few months later, in December 1997, a proposal for the creation of new courses in the campuses of UCLM was made, which was approved in March 1998. This proposal included the E.T.S. de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, the spanish name for the School of Civil Engineering of Ciudad Real (Spain).
After the year of its foundation, in 1998, students in the School of Civil Engineering in Ciudad Real have been graduating after completing five years of the initial Degree, showing a very high qualification in their professional performance. This five-year Degree program continued until the year of its extinction in 2014.
In the year 2010, a new Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering (in spanish Grado en Ingeniería Civil y Territorial), in accordance with the European Higher Education Area set by the Bologna process, started at UCLM. This Degree consists of four years and a total of 240 ECTS credits (60 ECTS credits per year). All students study the same subjects during the first two years. Then, in the third year, students can choose between two diferent specialization tracks: Transport and Territory Planning and Hydrology. In addition, as required by UCLM, all students must obtain a B1 level certificate in English before concluding their Bachelor Degree studies.
One distinguishing hallmark of our teaching activity, since its foundation in 1998, has been based on the combination of a solid theoretical training together with a permanent approximation to the engineering practice by means of a project-based learning methodology, where our students develop, during the entire Degree, six difeerent real civil engineering projects among the following ones (depending on the specialization track): Graphic and Cartographic Expression in Engineering, Engineering and Territory, Land Management and Urban Planning, Transportation Management and Infrastructures, Urban and Regional Development, Urban Water Hydraulics, Water Resources Management and Modelling, Fluvial and Water Planning. Prior to the conclusion of their Degree, all students must do a Final Degree Project during their last academic year.
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