The Rector participates in a panel on innovation and internationalisation at the 4th International Meeting of University Rectors

The Rector of University Camilo José Cela, Samuel Martín-Barbero, took part this morning in the 4th Universia International Rector’s Meeting 2018 . Martín-Barbero took part in the panel entitled “Innovation and internationalisation in university education: demands of the academic offer, the curriculum and the study programmes? “ as part of the overall discussion on “Training and learning in a digital world” that addressed “changes brought about by globalisation and technology and how they affect the transformation and modernisation objectives of universities and adaptation to ‘infotechnology’ societies”, according to the organisers of the meeting.

Over 600 rectors and academic representatives from around the world and personalities from politics, business, and national and international institutions met in Salamanca from 21 to 22 May to discuss the university of the 21st century. The event was presided over by His Majesty the King of Spain and the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who were accompanied by the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; the Secretary General of the OECD, Ángel Gurría; the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo; the Regional President of Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera and the president of Universia and Banco Santander, Ana Botín .

The debate focussed on three core topics of special interest for the academic world: “How we learn in a digital world”; “Research at university, a paradigm in review?”, and “The contribution of university to social and territorial development”. The keynote speakers including important figures such as those making up the opening panel: Pam Fredman, Chair of the International University Association, María José Alonso, Professor at University of Santiago de Compostela and member of the US National Academy of Medicine and Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, companies whose mission is to end world poverty by giving job opportunities to disadvantaged people.

The symposium will continue the work of the meetings held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 2014), Guadalajara (Mexico, 2010) and Seville (Spain, 2005), and is sponsored by Banco Santander.

The was streamed live on social media and the event website – -, and ended with the publication of the Declaration of Salamanca , which includes the main conclusions and proposals to contribute to the construction of universities of the future and their mission as drivers of progress and social development.