University Camilo José Cela, through its Foundation , has accepted the European Citizen Award granted by the European Parliament , in for its Integra Project. The ceremony took place yesterday at the European Parliament in Brussels, and was attended by Antonio Tajani , President of the European Parliament and Vice President of the European Parliament, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, who gave a conference a few days ago at UCJC . The award was collected by the President of SEK Education Group – to which the UCJC belongs – Nieves Segovia; and the director of Foundation UCJC, Ignacio Sell, from the vice president of the European Parliament, Sylvie Guillaume. https://www.ucjc.edu/2018/06/la-ucjc-recibe-premio-ciudadano-europeo-2018/
This award “recognises those who promote European values and mutual understanding or facilitate cross-border cooperation”, according to the European Parliament. The European Parliament has awarded a total of 47 projects from the 28 countries of the European Union.
According to Nieves Segovia 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”
The UCJC Integra Project aims to facilitate international students from war-torn countries access to education in different disciplines to attain the fullest personal, social and academic integration in our country. At this time, the ten students, 8 men and 2 women who come from war zones of Syria (Damascus, Aleppo and Homs), Iraq, Ukraine (Xercoh) and Afghanistan, are studying the second year of their degree studies.
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The Integra Project was designed, proposed and implemented in 2016 together with the institutions that made it possible -UNICEF, the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), the Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo and the UCJC- in response to social and humanitarian need expressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for European countries to facilitate access to higher education for refugees who were already students in their countries of origin.
Students were selected by taking into account students’ status as refugees or asylum seekers, in addition to their age (over 18), whether they had completed their baccalaureate (or equivalent), their academic record and the current situation of their country of origin, in conflict due to war or terrorism. Their religion, nationality, political ideology and ethnicity have not been taken into account.