UCJC takes part in the 2nd Civil Society Conference on the new challenges facing Spain

With the motto “Relaunch Spain”, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of Camilo José Cela University, has participated together with over 80 national and international speakers in the 2nd Civil Society Conference, whose honorary presidency was King Philip VI of Spain.

Held at the Ateneo Mercantil de Valencia, it is the largest civil society forum in Spain designed to generate debate, contribute ideas and put forward solutions to the country’s current problems, with key issues such as European integration, country-wide agreements, national unity, territorial coherence or the separation of powers in the context of ongoing deadlock of the renewal of the judiciary. Aldo Olcese and the Valencian jurist Vicente Garrido chaired the conference.

Topics tackled at the conference included education, the digital transformation of work or digital citizen participation.

“We have to consider the need to redefine the purpose of schools and universities as ubiquitous “places” that transcend their physical walls, to develop a much broader, interdisciplinary, concept of learning that is much more flexible and where students are the central axis” said Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of Camilo José Cela University, in his speech. “Reformation of the educational system and policies needs much greater momentum. It is necessary to rethink without delay preconceptions surrounding teaching methods, the role of teachers and students, teaching resources and learning pathways. And all this should be done ensuring teaching freedom, with the best professionals, and with the necessary consensus among all parties”, he stressed.

The Valencian regional president, Ximo Puig, presided over the opening of the event, while the General Secretary of the Popular Party, Teodoro Garcia-Egea, is to take part in the closing ceremony. In addition, the conference’s honorary president is King Felipe VI.

The schooner Cervantes Saavedra hosted the inaugural dinner

The schooner Cervantes Saavedra hosted the inaugural dinner of the 2nd National Civil Society Conference. The event was attended by, among other guests, the former Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi.

“It is very satisfying to be able to host so many civil society personalities on our vessel and share with all of them the important issues that will be presented today in the different conference sessions,” said Emilio Lora-Tamayo.