Equatorial Guinea and America are the points of attention of the two projects presented
The ULPGC Vice President for Internationalization, Mobility, and International Cooperation, led by Jin Taira, has reported the approval, by the European Commission, of two capacity development projects to be led by this University within the “Capacity Building Higher Education”. This program aims to support transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral alliances, especially between member states of the European Union or associated with the program, or non-associated third countries. Both projects will begin on December 1, 2022, and their activities will last for a period of three years.
The first project is called “Fostering sustainable growth and employment by building higher education capacities in hospitality and tourism management in Equatorial Guinea” (HOST-EG), and has an approved budget of 359,978 euros, under the leadership of the director of Cooperation of the ULPGC Prof. Desiderio García Almeida. This project has as a European partner the neighboring University of Madeira (UMa) and as African partners two Universities from Equatorial Guinea: The National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) and the African American University of Central Africa (AAUCA).
On the other hand, the project “Strengthening research, innovation and knowledge transfer on Climate Change & Tourism in Higher Education Institutions in Latin America (CLIMAR)” will be led by Prof. Javier de León Ledesma, researcher at the University Institute of Tourism and Economic Development Sustainable Development (TiDES) and Co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development of the ULPGC.
This project has funding from the European Commission of 794,064 euros and a very large consortium made up of 4 European partners, in addition to the ULPGC itself: the Spain-Latin America Relations Observatory (OBREAL), which will function as the leader of several packages of work, the University of Alicante (UA), the University of Bologna (UniBO) and the University of Cork (UCC). As Latin American partners there will be two universities from Argentina (National University of Mar de Plata and University of Cuyo), two from Mexico (University of Quintana Roo and University of Anahuac in Oaxaca), two from Panama (Autonomous University of Chiriquí and University of Panama) and four from Colombia (Colombian Association of Universities, University of Caldas, University of Cartagena, and National University of Colombia). In addition, the consortium will have several associated partners, including the Ministry of Education of Panama.
“Capacity Building Higher Education” aims to modernize and internationalize access to higher education, address the challenges it faces, increase cooperation with the European Union, and promote the values of respect and interculturality among participants.