In recent years, the ULPGC has developed strategic alliances with other universities, both Spanish and foreign, as the result of a management activity aimed at promoting initiatives related to the mobility of all sectors in the university community. In accordance with the 2015-2018 Institutional Strategic Plan, the ULPGC “has embraced the permanent need to internationalise all of its activity,” making internationalisation one of its strengths.
In a global context where a guarantee of international education has gained significant importance, development of academic and research projects of maximum interest with organisations and businesses from around the world has become an obligation in order to achieve an internationalised university. Furthermore, our geostrategic position as the bridge between Europe and Western Africa, Macaronesia and Latin America, as well as our standing as a partner in Central Asia through European projects and announcements, means internationalisation must define our identity as a university. Hence the need to continue intensifying the ULPGC’s internationalisation process via its global network of partners with a view to all members of the university community being able to improve their competences in relation to internationalisation, and so society may perceive the ULPGC as a truly international university.
Solidifying the position of the ULPGC in Africa with mobility, cooperation and volunteering projects is a priority area in the ULPGC’s internationalisation policy. We support a synergy between our internationalisation strategy and the project applications we make (KA107, KA2, etc.) as well as development cooperation actions. Indeed, the university’s development cooperation plays a key role in its strategy and work is undertaken in various areas:
- Research projects applied to cooperation.
- Institutional strengthening projects.
- Mobility programmes with third countries (those outside the EU).
- And, using our own funds, support for dissertations on development cooperation issues and international volunteering actions through different programmes open to all students or recent graduates of the ULPGC who wish to enjoy stays of between one and six months in different countries in order to learn about the life, culture and reality of the countries to which they travel and, in addition, to strive to exchange knowledge and experiences.
The aim of all of these is to collaborate on the development of third countries in the context of higher education through the use of projects funded by different sources, both internal and external.
To unite all of these initiatives, the ULPGC has created the University Network of Northwest Africa and Macaronesia (Red de Universidades del África Noroccidental y la Macaronesia – UNWAM) with the goal of intensifying internationalisation in the area to which these universities pertain, and as a tool to vindicate our prominence in the history, evolution, academic and economic development and, in short, in the present and future of Africa and Europe.
Northwest Africa and Macaronesia comprise a territory that naturally links and serves as a bridge between Africa and Europe, and it is our desire to convey to the world’s organisations that the institutions in which these universities work constitute an active, effervescent and competitive academic reference in extremely diverse matters, particularly in those that directly affect the lives of inhabitants in this part of the planet. These relations will certainly be of mutual benefit, driven by teaching and research activity performed by the institutions we represent.
Furthermore, these projects have strengthened the promotion of strategic lines of action under university social responsibility which, from its role in the area of international cooperation on development and its social commitment, must undertake its institutional mission of education, research and social projection in accordance with the provisions detailed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Support the ULPGC’s internationalisation of study, teaching, research and management.
- Internationalise the ULPGC via mobility.
- Internationalise the ULPGC via cooperation.
- Support multiculturalism and intercultural communication in international relationships, developing a special awareness among students, teaching and research staff, and administration and services staff, which will make them receptive to other cultures, as well as sensitive to and tolerant of differences.
- Expand the range of language courses, in addition to linguistic accreditation and education programmes, for the university community.
- Drive an international promotion strategy with the participation of the whole university community.
- Consolidate, diversify and expand agreements with prestigious universities within and outside the European Union, based on the requirements and needs of each centre, with the aim of increasing the number of students who study for an academic semester or year abroad, therefore encouraging the internationalisation of curriculums.
- Increase the ULPGC’s participation in actions to implement the ERASMUS+ programme in all its possibilities within the framework of Horizon 2020, encouraging the mobility of students, teaching and research staff, and administration and services staff.
- Encourage agreements with foreign universities to obtain joint degrees and master’s degrees in which mobility plays a key role.
- Encourage university volunteering and development cooperation, in addition to participation in invitations for International Development Cooperation, emphasising the values of solidarity, social justice and awareness of the causes of poverty and inequality.
- Encourage university volunteering actions as an essential element in the ULPGC’s social commitment to its surrounding environment and the world as a whole.
- Encourage the development of dissertations or external internships directly related to the strategic cooperation programmes promoted by the ULPGC.
- Organisation of workshops and activities to provide education on multiculturalism and interculturality, and to promote interactions between local and international actors (students, training and research staff, and administration and services staff) by encouraging Tandem programmes and activities that facilitate interaction.
- Creation of specific education programmes for foreign student groups (study abroad, international summer and winter schools) and expansion of the range of Spanish courses available to foreigners.
- Promotion of the activities run by the Aula de Idiomas, Confucious Institute and King Sejong Institute.
- Promotion of linguistic skill accreditation for all participants in the ULPGC’s internationalisation plan.
- Active participation in relevant international committees and organisations (forums of the EHEA, EU, EUA, Compostela Group, etc.), in addition to educational fairs and fairs aimed at attracting foreign students.
- Regular publication on the ULPGC’s website and in regional media of the activities developed within the scope of internationalisation.
- Strengthening of support structures in matters of personalised attention for exchange students, whether they are outgoing or incoming students (information, welcome and coexistence actions; acts related to matriculation; search for accommodation; attention to other needs, etc.).
- Periodic meetings with the ULPGC’s centres, departments and services in order to coordinate mobility initiatives and address the needs of different stakeholders.