How the University of Granada's internationalisation strategy contributes to regional development

 

Ignacio Molina, University of Granada

 

The University of Granada has profiled itself as the leading Spanish university in international student mobility. But its international activities go much further. They include projects that link international students with local employers, permanent presence in North Africa and incentives for language learning. Poor language competence has a negative impact on regional development in Andalusia and the
internationalisation of local businesses. The University is developing a strategy to improve the language competence of students, graduates and teaching and administrative staff. It also actively participates in language learning efforts sponsored by the Regional Government of Andalusia, for example in teaching Arabic in secondary schools.