Campus Atlántico Tricontinental

Universidad de Las palmas de Gran CanariaUniversidad de La Laguna

Scientific improvement. Current position


The tri-continental nature of the scientific field and knowledge transfer of the universities of the Tri-continental Atlantic Campus is made up of consolidated and incipient networks between different centres and research groups. On a national and island level, the entities of the Campus participate in all the structural projects of the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI) in collaboration with other bodies of our scientific and social context, such as the following:

    • Spanish Institute of Oceanography.
    • Canary Islands Oceanic Platform.
    • Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute (IAC).
    • The Canary Islands Institute of Technology.
    • The Canary Islands Institute of Marine Science.
    • Institute of Technology and Renewable Energies (ITER).
    • Canary Islands Institute of Agrarian Research.
    • Funcis.
    • Hospital Research Units.
    • Maritime, Transport and Logistic, and Tourism for economic development (businesses-university-institutions).
    • Numerous companies in each sphere of activity.
  • On an international level, the Tricontinental Atlantic Campus will develop and promote a wide-ranging research activity (America, Africa, Europe), with numerous cooperation agreements with public and private universities and institutions from all over the world. Thus, it already has agreements in place with 200 universities from 19 countries from America, with 11 Africa universities and 37 European universities, as well as 2 from the United States and 13 universities from Asia and Australasia.
  • In Africa, there is an important collaboration in development already in place in n developing countries in the geographic surroundings of the Canary Islands (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Mauritania, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Senegal). The UNAMUNO Network of Universities in the Outermost Regions of the European Union, under the leadership of the Canary Islands universities, is working on a programme to develop training, research and knowledge transfer in the surrounding geographical area, with the idea of incorporating African universities.
  • Thus, supported by the CRUE, the III International University Encounter with Africa has recently been held, with the participation of nine major African universities and which has given rise to cooperation and research collaborations in different areas, including those specialised field of the Tri-continental Atlantic Campus.
  • In terms of cooperation with Latin-America, academic and research presence has been consolidated thanks to the setting up of delegate centres such as the Higher Training Centres in Chile and Ecuador. Also of note are the cooperation projects that have been applied for and granted with the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation for Latin-America and Africa.
  • It should also be emphasised that a programme of bursaries is in place for visiting lecturers and students coming from Latin-American and African universities.
  • In  Europe, the research centres of the Tricontinental Atlantic Campus have, over the last five years, taken part in over a hundred European actions within the different framework programmes of the  European Union, Interreg projects and Research Potential.
  • In order to carry out and consolidate these international research relations, the Tri-continental Atlantic Campus has European Project Management and Support offices, with a representation in Brussels, to provide researchers with integral management for their research, development and innovation projects, the sourcing of funding and general consultancy services.
  • In the spheres of specialization of the Campus, as reflected in point 2.4 of this section, there is already a long track record in Marine and Maritime Science and Technology, in Astrophysics and in Biomedicine applied to Development Cooperation.
  • This experience in Biomedicine is also closely linked to the capacities of the specific, unique biodiversity of the area of Macaronesia (archipelagos of the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira and the Azores).