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"We have learned economics and also the importance of working in a group".

Economics students study the subject with a quiz that "helps us to learn by ourselves".


04 | 05 | 2021

Students of Economics, taught by Professor Mikel Arcelus, have a novel way of learning. A few years ago, Arcelus launched the Master's in Economics Competition. "We gave it that name to emulate TV programmes such as Master Chef or Master DIY, among others," says the teacher.

This is a group competition between students in which they are given suggested questions related to economics, and they have to answer them by finding the answers on their own. The students have a time limit to answer the questions posed. This year's winning group is made up of Ane Corral, María de Frutos, Patricia Díaz and Alexander Encio. Lucía Fernández Acín, one of the students who took part in this year's competition, answers the following questions.

What has this year's practice consisted of?

This year's practical consisted of answering a series of questions about different economic topics such as GDP and inflation. The teacher handed out a sheet with questions and you had to answer them in class together with your group, chosen by the teacher.

What have you learned from this group work?

We have learned the importance of working in a group and how essential it is to distribute the different tasks among each of the members, as well as the trust in your team members to know that they will do the work in the best possible way and then not have to check if what they have written is correct. You also learn to work with different people, to listen to different opinions and finally come to a conclusion together.

Do you think this kind of practice helps you to pull yourselves out of the fire?

I believe that this type of practice is necessary to learn to work in a team and to assimilate the concepts that will later be explained in class. In short, they help us to pull our own chestnuts out of the fire.

What are the prizes for this year's edition?

In this edition there were three winning groups. The prize is to go for lunch or dinner with your group. This meal is paid for by the teacher and there is a maximum of 20 euros per person.

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