Campus Atlántico Tricontinental

Universidad de Las palmas de Gran CanariaUniversidad de La Laguna

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The teaching strategy between three continents has an optimum starting point for the Tricontinental Atlantic Campus. All the specialist topic areas include consolidated networks and collaboration agreements for student, lecturer and researcher exchanges as well as knowledge exchange, in addition to the European Union programmes - Erasmus and Leonardo Da Vinci. The objective of the Canary Islands universities in relation to Africa and Latin America is to encourage and support students from both regions to manage, shape, undertake and develop projects in all sectors, in particular in marine and maritime fields associated with the environment.

Collaboration with other universities has the support of the European Union, the Spanish Government and the Canary Islands Government. From the European context, it is important to involve the two Canary Islands universities of the Campus in the UNAMUNO network of Universities in the Outermost Regions of the European Union (ORs): University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, University of La Laguna, University of Madeira (Portugal), University of the Azores (Portugal), University of the Antilles and Guyane (France) and University of Réunion (France). It is worth remembering, as indicated in the introduction to this document, the importance the  EU gives to the Outermost Regions for assisting in development in their neighbouring regions.

The UNAMUNO Network is developing teaching, research and transfer projects that are fully in line with the objectives of the Tricontinental Atlantic Campus. The Canary Islands universities are also currently working to create a network of the Outermost Regions with the participation of the University of Cape Verde, for the purpose of developing these projects from the Canary Islands with a focus on Africa. Our universities have been working in the last few years with other university Centres and institutions in Africa to train postgraduate students (Senegal, Cape Verde, Morocco and Mauritania). These are priority countries in the 2009-2012 Spanish Cooperation Strategic Plan and the 2009-2012 Canary Islands Cooperation Plan.

Consolidated programmes for ongoing collaboration already exist, particularly with Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba and Uruguay. A noteworthy feature of this is the participation in the Pablo Neruda Programme (Ibero-American Knowledge Area), approved as the Ibero-American Initiative by the  XVII Summit of Ibero-American Heads of State and Government in Chile in November 2007.

In the specialist topic areas, the Canary Islands Tricontinental Atlantic Campus must serve as a way to strengthen existing alliances.