Samuel Martín-Barbero, Rector of University Camilo José Cela, has written an article for The Conversation in which he advocates for making the most of the life experiences offered by international stays to university students.
Entitled The Grand Tour of the 21st Century: beyond the Erasmus, Martín-Barbero reviews the different methods of travel from the 17th century to the present day. The Rector of UCJC called for more ambitious university trips or stays, which go beyond Europe and conventional experiences, to countries such as China, Russia, Japan, Israel, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Mexico or Brazil. Places that will shape the world that is coming and that challenge the visitor to experience cultures, principles and values different from those we take for granted on our continent.
The question he poses over the course of the article is the need to reconsider the scope of the European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students or Erasmus, which Spain joined 33 years ago, and that has contributed so much to the construction of continental identity. A million Spanish students will have enjoyed that experience by 2020.
Beyond the traditional higher education model in Spain, University Camilo José Cela understands that education is knowledge and also experience, therefore, its students are given the chance of interacting in a multicultural ecosystem both on their campuses and on stays beyond Europe, to expose them to different ways of thinking, communicating and feeling.