The European Parliament has presented University Camilo José Cela with the European Citizens Award for its Integra Project which aims to facilitate international students from countries in conflict access to education in different disciplines to attain the fullest personal, social and academic integration in our country.
This award, granted by the European Parliament to those projects that best promote the values of the European Union, has been presented to University Camilo José Cela for offering full scholarships to ten refugee students to study different degrees at UCJC. The students accessed the grant after completing an undergraduate course during the past academic year which aimed to teach them language skills, provide emotional intelligence tools, psychological support, democratic and constitutional values and communication and expression skills and strategies.
Currently, all students of the Integra Project are in their second year of their degree. Some of them were even given the opportunity to carry out internships in different departments at Banco Santander.
In an event held at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, the Office of the European Parliament of this same city has awarded University Camilo José Cela, together with the Clinical Management Unit of Maternal-Foetal Medicine, Genetics and Reproduction (UGCMFG) of the University Hospital Virgen del Rocío de Sevilla, and the Arrels Foundation of Barcelona, chosen from eleven candidates presented this year.
According to Ignacio Sell, director of Foundation University Camilo José Cela, this is a “great recognition for University Camilo José Cela from the European Parliament, for our educational social innovation projects and our commitment to the all-round education of our students in human values, respect for diversity and promotion of multiculturalism in our classrooms, thus favouring the cohesion of European societies”
In total, the European Citizens Award recognises the work of fifty European organisations, which will meet on 9 October at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), according to Sergi Barrera, acting director of the European Parliament Office in Barcelona.
Since its establishment in 2008, the European Citizens Award has recognised 324 European projects and organisations, twenty of them Spanish, and this is the second time that the Spanish awards ceremony has been held in Barcelona.