NWSLTR 3 · Spring 2013
Melon District will open a new residence in Paris
Melon District continues its expansion plan started in 2009 with the opening of its second student residence in Barcelona; Melon District Marina, but this time is going for the Paris market.
The initial investment of the project, whose construction has already begun, was made by a partner based in France and amounts to 20 millon euros. The new residence hall will be located in La Défense, a neighborhood in the western part of Paris and will consist of 5000m2 and includes 191 rooms, a laundromat, gym, cafeteria, study hall, garden and a parking lot that will be open to the public in September 2014.
Melon District anticipates increasing its annual revenue by 30% with the opening of this new residence in the French capital.
New year, New website
We all know how important it is to adapt to new trends and have an attractive website for users, which is why Melon District wanted to begin 2013 with a new and improved interactive website.
This new website will allow users to interact with us in an easiest way.
Information is now available in five languages (Spanish, English, Catalan, French and Italian), and you can read all about the two residences, as well as offers, news, events, gastronomy, tips and more.
Navigate in our new website and let us know what you think.
Melon District inspired the creativity school, Brother Barcelona
Brother is a well-known creative school in Latin America that has recently set up in Barcelona. To celebrate its new location opening, in October 2012, it launched a contest where Melon District served as an inspiration to all the participants.
Since the school was looking for creative minds interested in being part of Brother Barcelona’s first generation of students, they held an original contest where contestants had to submit their "worst idea".
Essentially they were looking for the two "least creative people in Spain" to make him/her the best by rewarding them with their 7 month creativity course.
The contest received more than 300 entries! In the end, the winners are Oscar Blasco and Elias Rodriguez. To see their entries, click here.
Melon District is always interested in the continuing education of young people and will continue to support initiatives such as this one.
We launch the call to the 1st contest "Renewing the Melon space"
Melon District will launch at the end of February the first edition of the contest "Renewing the Melon space", with the aim of redesigning some of the spots of its residence hall Melon District Poble Sec. This initiative promotes the talent, creativity and innovative ideas emerging from students of interior design and architecture.
The call is open to all students over 18 who want to participate individually and who are enrolled in a course of a Degree, Post Graduate or Master in the academic year 2012/2013 at any of the centers or Colleges of Interior Design or Architecture, regardless of nationality.
The most original, fun and most "Melon" work will be prized with 2,000 euros and will execute the project in our student’s residence.
Further information and registration at: email@example.com
The number of university students had increased
At the end of the academic year 2011-2012 the number of students in the Spanish universities increased 3.1% regarding the previous year, and reaching nearly 1.5 million of students.
The percentage of foreign students also increased 5% and so does the general scholarships with a 14% more than in the last period.
As for the number of people enrolled in a master (about 113 000) had also increased by 7.8%.
The estimation for this academic year 2012-2013 is that about 25,000 new undergraduate students are enrolled in the Spanish universities.
These data show that the Spanish University System had reached historic records about college students, which can be seen in detail in the Spain Ministry of Education website.
CASB celebrates its 5th anniversary
The Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona (CASB), has celebrated its 5th anniversary last January 15th, 2013.
The origin of this project was to offer students from some of the most renowned U.S. universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Brown University, etc., a program that fully involved them into the culture and local universities.
Students are immersed in the local university ambit, attending to the courses in one or more of the four associated universities of Barcelona to the Consortium: the University of Barcelona (UB), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC).
The program is made to enroll either fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.
From Melon District we sent best compliments to the group for their work in these five years, and we are glad to continue offering our services for the coming years.