Compostela Dialogues – Friday, 25th September 2015

The second edition of the Compostela Dialogues in Higher Education will take place on Friday, 25th September, under the title ‘The Way to Santiago: A Smart Learning Route’. These Dialogues will focus on the importance and opportunities the Camiño de Santiago offers on providing a smart learning and a permanent and global exchange among cultures.

According to the smart growth priority of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Compostela Dialogues aims to promote the development of a “Smart Way”, which based on the Camiño, contributes to give an efficient and quick response to the challenges that learning has to face in a global world.


1. To foster debate and ideas exchange for working together in the creation of a ‘Smart Way’, characterized for being a model of sustainable management and quality improvement on the knowledge transmission. This model has to stress in the following dimensions promoted by the European Commission: energy conservation, new technologies use and sustainable mobility.

2. To make an academic analysis on the impact and effect that this ‘Smart Way’ can achieve in the fields of teaching methods and universities learning on the 21st century, and in the development of the cities in which these universities are located.

3. To promote the economic and social progress through innovation and knowledge, such as the Camiño de Santiago does.


Field experts from academic, business, politic or public/private sector, will participate in order to give the Dialogues a monographic and specialized approach. They will allow a dynamic debate which favours the ideas, experiences and opinions exchange with a basis of a ‘Smart Way’ proposal. The coordination will be in charge of the Compostela Group of Universities.


Honorary Committee

Honorary President

-H.E. Mr Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Honorary Members

-H.E. Mr Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Xunta de Galicia

-Prof. Dr Maurits van Rooijen, President of the Compostela Group of Universities

-H.E. Mr Xavier Prats Monné, Director General of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission

-Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council

-Prof. Dr Juan M. Viaño Rey, Rector Magnificus of the University of Santiago de Compostela

-H.E. Mr Román Rodríguez González, Regional Minister of the Xunta de Galicia for Education, Culture and University Development

-Mr Francisco Marmolejo, Coordinator and Specialist in Tertiary Education at the World Bank

-H.E. Mr Agustín Hernández Fernández de Rojas, Mayor of Santiago de Compostela


Scientific Committee

-Prof. Dr Inmaculada Fortanet Gómez, Vice-rector of Cooperation and International Relations of the Universidad Jaume I

-Prof. Dr Carlos A. Salgado López, Vice-rector of Internationalization of the University of Santiago de Compostela

-Prof. Dr Manuel Freire-Garabal Núñez, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Santiago de Compostela

-Prof. Dr Jesús F. Salgado-Velo, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Coordinator of Campus Ciudadanía of the USC

-Prof. Dr Isabel Lirola Delgado, Tenured Professor of Public International Law and International Relations of the University of Santiago de Compostela




General Council
24th – 15:30h

Opening Conferences
25th – 9:30h

Compostela Dialogues
25th – 12:00h

Full Programme

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