Excitement and happiness are felt as soon as you enter the hall of the new Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, which, after five years of reform, has regained its students. “It’s been a long time, and we’ve been joking that they’ll open when we’re gone, but at least we can enjoy the last few months,” explained Alexia Pavón, a 4th-year journalism student. She and her other classmates did not see the previous building, but they were excited about the new facility.
“It’s better than I expected. We arrived at the older buildings, and now we are at the newest of the University of Zaragoza. We are excited that it is ours, “he returned while acknowledging that the use of the new television set and the radio studio is what he is most excited about. Like them, students of history, geography, and other degrees set foot in this renovated space for the first time. There are more than 2,500 students—between 10 bachelor’s degrees and 11 master’s degrees—and about 500 teachers and researchers who make up the’soul’ of this faculty.
Smiles were crossed with doubt, knowing where each class was. “We’re lost.” They recognize students from different degrees. Teachers also look at plans for the exact location of their classroom or how to get from one space to another. And they have already brought students from other faculties and alumni to see ‘in situ’ what the reform has done. “I want to see it. It is a necessary reform, but you are nostalgic,” recognized Isabel Brieba, who studied three common years in philosophy and then geography in the 1970s.
“Now the students are finally continuing their activities here after five years of exile, long journeys, and dispersion in different parts of the San Francisco campus,” acknowledged the dean of the faculty, Elena Barlés, who recalled that they are still in the “full transfer process.”. “The cost is low because it is a large building, with 20,000 square meters, and equipped with the best technologies,” he emphasized while stressing that the goal is to have almost all the classrooms available throughout February.
No cafeteria, at least until the next course. The intention is to put the concession to tender and include the assembly so that the concession company can equip it. The building ultimately involved an investment of more than 31 million euros, compared to the 24.3 million expected. Almost four million are the product of the decree law on the review of public prices. It also affects the cost of equipment.
The general director of the University of the Government of Aragon, Marisa Feijóo, highlighted the “effort” of students and teachers during these years and celebrated the fact that classes have finally started in this “emblematic” building. Besides, remember that the next reform is that of the Faculty of Medicine, which will start “this year.”