Ban Ki-Moon visits the refugees studying at the University Camilo José Cela

Ban Ki-Moon, former United Nations Secretary General, who was given yesterday an award by Unicef for his commitment to children, visited this morning ten students part of the University Camilo José Cela’s Integra Project.

The Integra Project is a pioneering scheme in Spain and affords refugee students who wish to re-enrol or start a degree in Spain access to university education.

The new students, aged between 19 and 28, are made up of eight men and two women and come from areas in conflict of Syria (Damascus, Aleppo and Homs), Iraq, Ukraine (Xercoh) and Afghanistan. The selected young people have chosen to study different degrees at UCJC:  Transport and Logistics, Cinema, Law, Physical Activity and Sport and Nursing.

As part of the Integra Project framework, the UCJC covers the costs of students’ pre-university course and degree studies as of September. It also covers the costs of their stay at the halls of residence and their upkeep.

The UCJC Integra Project aims to facilitate refugee students access to education in different disciplines to attain the fullest personal, social and academic integration in our country.

In his address to Integra Project students, Ban Ki-Moon said ‘you will soon take on leadership roles in society and the world. You will have a global vision. You may come from different countries, but what is important is that while you are proud citizens of your own country, we are proud citizens of this global world.  It is important for you to have a global vision and a passion, but at the same time compassion for others. Therefore, I believe these people need our support.”

“It’s a true pleasure, of course, to welcome Dr Ban Ki Moon to our community of learners, to our university. We feel very honoured and very pleased to be able to share this moment with you’, said Nieves Segovia, President of SEK Education Group, in her welcome address.

Chairman of the International Board for the Institute of Global Studies

Ban Ki-Moon has accepted the offer to chair the International Board for the Institute of Global Studies at the University Camilo José Cela, a space to exchange ideas and thinking on topics setting the international agenda in terms of education.

Making the most of the synergies afforded by UCJC projects such as the International Centre for Governance and Political Marketing (CIGMAP) and the Institute for Cooperation and Development (ICDH) the new Institute for Global Studies will be chaired by Ban Ki-Moon has been set up to be a leading higher learning institute in analysis of international current affairs.