UNIA and its commitment to the human capital development in the Latin American countries

 

Julio Terrados, International University of Andalusia (UNIA)

 

UNIA is a Public University, established in 1994 as part of the Andalusian University System, which focuses on graduate studies and which is committed to the development of its surroundings with a will to cooperate at international level and in solidarity terms, especially with Latin America and the Maghreb. Its size and distinctive features (it does not have its own teaching staff, but it is ceded by others Universities to give specific courses) allows UNIA to meet with quality, quickness and flexibility to the emerging training challenges. UNIA, which can be considered as an example of interuniversity co-operation, is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of all the other Andalusian Rectors, and has among its main guidelines those related to international co-operation in Latin America, promoting sustainable development by means of training post-graduate students. For this purpose, one of the main tools is the La Rabida Group, a non-government international organization chaired and managed by UNIA Rector, which currently gathers 62 Universities from 16 different Latin American countries. La Rabida Group is supporting international teaching networks, research prizes and different training stays. Another important tool is UNIA grants policy that gave 1 077 grants to foreign students on last academic year. In that year, 27% of students who attended UNIA courses, up to 5 734, were foreigners, mainly from Latin America and Maghreb.