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The Foundation awards 10 scholarships for the Pre-University Competition of the International University of Catalonia (UIC) in Barcelona

The top 10 selected candidates have been granted a scholarship for 100% of the first year fees to study any degree offered by UIC Barcelona for the next academic year. The competition seeks to reward academic excellence and values students’ skills in terms of structuring content, analytical capabilities, oral expression and achievement of targets.

Luis Romans, a student at the Turó de Tarragona school, won the 12th edition of the Pre-University Competition organised by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona) with his project, “The cost of electricity: learn, act and save”. Luis Romans was one of 22 high school seniors from a variety of secondary education institutions taking part in the final stage of this competition, aimed at pre-university students on Friday, organised by UIC Barcelona, with support from the Banco Sabadell Foundation. A total of 150 students gave oral presentations of their projects on 20 February: only three of these went on to the final of this competitive event, held on Friday 15th April.

The runner-up was Rafa Beaus, from the Sant Ignasi de Sarrià school in Barcelona, with his project “Investigation and characterisation of biodegradable bio-polymers: newborn screening”. Enrique Rodríguez, from the Europa School in Sant Cugat del Vallès, came third, with his project “Risks and benefits of bacteria in humans and the importance of school children washing their hands”.

Research projects from some thirty public, charter and private schools across Catalonia were submitted in the 12th edition of this competition. 150 projects were presented, addressing all manner of issues and topics.