First multilateral meeting in Valparaíso
Can you imagine a university in which the lecturers, students and employees work as a team to design and map out educational programs? Can you imagine every student in tutored practices in a personal manner through his or her lecturers, class mates, and any possible employee, working to improve the weak spots?
All that could be a reality in three years, after the end of the European project SPRING (Social Responsibility through Prosociality based Interventions to Generate equal opportunities), co-funded by the European Union and guided by experts of the Chilean Pontifica Universidad Católica of Valparaíso (PUCV), and the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona (UAB), and when an innovative model of intervention will be developed, which will be applied in addition to Chile in Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico.
The proposal, developed by a team of Chileans, Spanish and Germans, is one of the few projects that won one of the most competitive calls for proposals of the European Union, competed against nearly 400 European universities and received a subvention of € 1.245.850, or about 800 million Pesos.
In this context experts of the eight universities associated with the project held a meeting in Valparaíso from the 12th to the 16th of March: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico); Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia (Colombia); Universidad Nacional San Martín (Argentina), Universidad Privada Domingo Savio (Bolivia); Universidad de las Américas (Ecuador); Freie Universität Berlin (Alemania), as well as the UAB and the PUCV.
The encounter – denominated as the First Multilateral Meeting – represents the final draft for the first steps of this project, which is not looking to replace the responsibility of the national states in the politics of equality. Rather, it is looking to equip the universities with more efficient methods to adopt social leadership for topics of equality, and most of all, to install equality of labor for the conditions of young graduates that live in a situation of poverty.
The applied methodology is prosociality intervention and prosociality coaching, which have already been practiced in companies, detention centers, secondary schools, primary schools, Churches, areas of healthcare, in peace processes of Colombia, and with victims of the genocide in Rwanda. Prosociality is an emerging concept, originating from psychology as an antonym of “antisocial”, which studies and demonstrates the factors and advantages which actions of assistance, solidarity, of giving, sharing and cooperation, have for all persons, groups and societies that get involved, be it as author or recipient. The methodologies that are applied in the project SPRING are directed to lecturers, university students and employees, and it is finalized in the December of 2014.
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