13 Education and Culture

Recently, Oriol Amat, Professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at Pompeu Fabra University and professor at the UPF Barcelona School of Management, explained at the Frequently Asked Questions event that he knew of many successful entrepreneurs – understanding success as not having more money but achieving their objectives – and that what they had in common, was that they were all great readers and very educated. Is there a relationship between success and culture? Probably. There is no doubt that culture and art influence the development of societies and also that of people. Whatever your profession, your academic background, your personal or professional experience.

Because art and culture are elements of transformation that favour abstraction, disruption, emotion and critical thinking. And being disruptive, questioning what is established has preceded the great changes in the history of humanity: economic models, political systems, cultural organisations and social institutions. Disruption understood as a possibility to offer alternatives, to build new models, to plant new and better solutions.

The UPF Barcelona School of Management is committed to culture and education, as a successful binomial. And not in the strict sense of training, but in the broadest sense of growth and personal enrichment.

In this edition of the Quorum, some of our professors and experts from the UPF Barcelona School of Management reflect on the weight and value of the arts, culture and humanities in people, professionals and society in general.

The voices

The voice of an ex-student

Llorenç Bonet

Lutheran hammersLlorenç Bonet

Publisher and Ex-student of the Master’s in Publishing

It seems that universities are now required to train the workers of the future and, because of this, to be the place to acquire the necessary skills to efficiently develop [...]

The voice of an academic director of Publishing programmes

Javier Aparicio Maydeu

‘Culture’ understood as strata of knowledgeJavier Aparicio Maydeu

Culture delegate of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and director of the Master’s in Publishing

The The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647) by the Jesuit Baltasar Gracián, a classic among the classics of Spanish literature and one of the most well-known and prestigious books of [...]

The voice of a film director

Eva Vila

Getting us ready for ‘what is real’Eva Vila

Film director and academic coordinator of the Master’s in Creative Documentary

Recently in the Master’s in Creative Documentary, Alan Bergalá, French filmmaker and critic, pioneer in the introduction of film education in the school education system, reminded us of the Lacanian [...]

The voice of an expert in Geography

Antonio Luna

Barcelona, a journey starting from geohumanitiesAntonio Luna

Professor of Geography at the UPF and director of the Laberint Festival routes

“Walking is to thinking what seeing is to Reading. Walk Barcelona, walk it with no sense of destination, let your imagination be tempted by the urban stroll” (Mauricio Tenorio, 2015) [...]

The voice of an expert in Storytelling

Manel Jiménez

From what is useful to what is valuable. Notes on the lack of definition regarding the culture/education binomialManel Jiménez

Professor of Communication

Only if education and culture were two dissociable, dissonant and indissoluble terms, could one speak of that kind of space inside which knowledge would move as in an Escher staircase. [...]

The voice of an expert in cinema

Gonzalo de Lucas

Live a work of artGonzalo de Lucas

Director of the postgraduate course in Audiovisual Montage

At the beginning of this year, the news of a study published by the Social Observatory of la Caixa on the relationship between the perception of well-being and cultural activities [...]

The voice of the dean of the UPF Barcelona Schoo of Management

Daniel Serra

Culture, a timely companionDaniel Serra

Dean of the UPF Barcelona School of Management

The UPF Barcelona School of Management has this year organised for the first time the Laberint festival, a cultural and free festival that has brought together different disciplines (literature, comics, [...]

The voice of a writer

Jorge Carrión

Culture: structure and filter of ideasJorge Carrión

Head of the Master in Literary Creation

Where do ideas come from? From the brain. From the memory. From the remix that our brain makes out of elements from it, from our memory. Therefore, where do ideas [...]