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Planning Committee established for the Second CELAC-EU Academic and Knowledge Summit, which will be held in Santiago de Compostela

The Minister for Education, Universities and Vocational Training, Carmen Pomar, and the rector of the USC, Antonio López, presided over the organizational meeting for this event which is expected to welcome 500 participants (...)

22/11/2019

The Minister for Education, Universities and Vocational Training, Carmen Pomar, and the rector of the USC, Antonio López, this moning presided over the first meeting of the planning committee for the Second Academic and Knowledge Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union (CELAC-EU), which will take place from March 25 to 27 next year in the Galician capital.


Today’s was the first meeting to tackle the celebration of this international event, which is expected to welcome 500 participants from universities across Ibero-America and the European Union, with the purpose of debating and agreeing on strategies to promote the cooperation and inclusive development of higher education, including equal and high quality access, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the transfer of technology.


The USC will be the academic host, as well as the institution responsible for the organization of the Summit, and it will be assisted by the Xunta, the University of A Coruña, the University of Vigo, the CELAC-EU University Council, the Ibero-American Secretariat-General (SEGIB), and the Ibero-American University Council (CUIB).


This meeting allowed for the committee to define the objectives of this Summit which must be a space for bi-directional work in the fields of higher education, science, technology, and innovation.  In this way, it will be a unique platform for advancing the construction of a common Euro-Latin American and Caribbean Space in this field.  The planning committee discussed the definition of four key themes that will fom the backbone of the program: the construction the aforementioned space for Euro-Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education; a university committed to the 2030 Agenda; science, technology, and innovation for sustainability; and the challenge of the digital transformation of higher education.


Other participants at the meeting were: the rector of the University of Vigo (UVigo), Manuel Reigosa; the Executive Secretary of the EU-CELAC University Council, Félix García Lausín; the Secretary General of the CRUE (Conferencia de Rectores de Universades Españolas), Teresa Lozano.  There were also international attendees such as the rector of the University of El Salvador, Roger Arias, and representatives from the Latin American and Caribbean Space for Higher Education (ENLACES); the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions of Mexico, the Central American Superior Council of Universities (CSUCA), and the Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL).


Ministry contributions


The Ministry of Education will provide a total of 352,900 euros to finance the development of this event which is being organized by the University of Santiago de Compostela.


The celebration of the Second CELAC-EU Academic and Knowledge Summit in Santiago de Compostela was decided upon in October 2017 as part of the University Council at the annual conference of the Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions of Mexico (ANUIES), which took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, and which gave the go-ahead to the three universities which make up the Galician University System (SUG).


The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is an inter-governmental tool for dialogue and political discussion, made up of Latin American and Caribbean countries, which also has an open dialogue with the European Union.


The CELAC-EU summits bring together European, Latin American, and Caribbean leaders with a view to strengthen relationships between the regions through forums for discussion and cooperation between the states of the EU, Latin America, and the Caribbean.


The First CELAC-EU Academic and Knowledge Summit was held at the University of El Salvador in 2017.  The agreements reached there were outlined in the Declaration of San Salvador, which also included the offer from the Galician government to host the Second CELAC-EU Academic and Knowledge Summit.


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