Let us not only keep the poor of the future in mind, but also today’s poor, whose life on this earth is brief and who cannot keep on waiting.
Encyclical Letter Laudato si' of the Holy Father Francis on care for our common home (2015).
The role and recognition of universities as non-state development actors who encourage the ability of human beings is crucial to enable and contribute to the sustainability of processes undertaken by the rest of the agents/entities, both state and non-state.
Bilateral or multilateral cooperation between universities and public and private entities aims to induce, encourage and support development strategies. According to CRUE (Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas), a non-profit organisation integrated by Spanish universities, 'University Development Cooperation (UDC) is understood as a set of activities carried out by the university community whose aim is social transformation in support of peace, equality, human development and environmental sustainability. Institutional and academic strengthening plays an important role in said transformation. CUD is an example of the commitment and solidarity of the university community. It encourages the creation of a society commited to sustainable human development. Through CUD, the university community works towards the establishment of a fairer and more sustainable world. The core ideas of action this community relies on are: education, research, knowledge sharing and connexion with society”.
Building on previous documents from 2000 (University Development Cooperation Strategy, ESCUDE) and 2006 (Code of Conduct for Spanish Universities in Development Cooperation); on 13 May 2020, the Guidelines for University Development Cooperation 2019-30 were approved and ratified by the CRUE Extraordinary General Assembly.
Inspired by the principles that embody Christian Humanism, Universidad CEU San Pablo offers its students a well-rounded education commited to service and social responsibility. It gives a chance to make use of their skills in specific knowledge in search of a social transformation in developing countries and in support of peace and the achivement of a fair and caring society with equal opportunities. Therefore, thanks to the innovative effort of the Pastoral and Volunteering Service, with the support of Vice-Rectorate forInternationalisation and the Vice-Rectorate for Research, USP CEU is firmly commited to University Development Cooperation activities as a demonstration of its beliefs.
Concerning International Cooperation, USP CEU primarly covers the following fields::
Offer training and education, which are crucial development elements in the medium- and long term.
Share experiences and resources through development research and knowledge transfer.
Raise awareness and educate about development from a scientific perspective.
Provide technology transfer in order to encourage the development of research, innovation or technology adaptation capacity based on the local resources and condition.
Implement transformative field efforts in cooperation with local entities.
With a view to optimising its means and resources, the Vice-Rectorate for Internalisation at USP CEU has chosen to narrow the focus of its work and it has been working exclusively with Makeni University (Sierra Leone) since 2009.
Said cooperation is brought together by cross-sectional group HD_LAB (Laboratorio de Habitabilidad y Desarrollo).