The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), through its Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Internationalisation and Cooperation, develops its own education programme for development and social awareness, promoting commitment within and outside the university through diverse actions in order to involve this community in identifying and reporting unfair situations, seeking solutions to problems that affect society as a whole, and actively collaborating on improving our social, cultural and environmental practises.

This programme, which has been running since 2007, has strengthened the promotion of strategic lines of action under the university’s own social responsibility meaning, from its role in the scope of international development cooperation and its social commitment, it endeavours to develop its institutional missions, such as education, research and social projection, in accordance with the contents of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

These twelve years of action constitute the best example of the ULPGC supporting the consolidation of – and providing international backing for – awareness actions and social commitment. Through varied actions developed throughout each academic year, the ULPGC materialises and makes tangible the values and aims detailed in its own By-Laws from 2016. Among these regulations that govern the ULPGC, an essential value that stands out is “promote regional, national and international solidarity and defend the peace, human rights, coexistence and sustainable development.”

During this decade of work, an annual events calendar has been consolidated, and it encompasses a variety of areas. It has been inserted in the university’s different campuses and has seen an organised relationship open to civil society be established. This calendar includes multiple awareness activities – within and outside university classrooms – that are associated with issues relevant to international development cooperation, such as the fight against poverty, human rights, gender equality, refugees, access to education and child protection, among others. In this regard, notable events such as the University Week to Eradicate Poverty and the Human Rights Agora have been held.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Internationalisation and Cooperation seeks to encourage the University’s social commitment by facilitating meeting, debate, educational and training spaces where innovative approaches can be proposed to help better understand the current situation of imbalance, inequality and impoverishment. Through this act of awareness-raising and publication, the ULPGC may achieve its objective of academically educating professionals who “actively participate in human development, coexistence and social justice,” as detailed in the core skills of every degree offered by this institution.

In addition, the role played by the ULPGC’s University Development Cooperation Groups is hugely important. They constitute an organised fabric comprised of teaching and research staff from our university community. These Groups participate as catalysts in the annual events calendar in coordination with the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Internationalisation and Cooperation.

Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellor’s Office collaborates directly with non-profit organisations in organising workshops and/or events to raise awareness and educate about development, supporting the launch of these by offering the ULPGC’s spaces and basic logistics.