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Cooperative Strategy

Summary of UNED's Development Cooperation plans for 2010-2013

  1. Presentation and general objectives

  2. Principal Projects

  3. Other joint activities

1. Presentation and general objectives

UNED's principal plan (2010-2014), includes amongst its objectives, a commitment to cooperate in development, aimed at promoting joint activities among sectors of the university community and other institutions and bodies from different countries.

The magnitude and diversity of joint international efforts made between universities sets them apart from the more general and humanitarian activities, highlighting their key role in achieving three objectives for the partaking universities:

a) The pursuance of technological research and development.

b) The strengthening of scientific/technical systems within the institutions.

c) Generation, dissemination and transference of knowledge and technologies critical for development.

UNED, as a university is an institution dedicated to teaching and research. It employs a "semi-present" (or virtual learning environment) methodology which guarantees equal opportunities in access to higher education to groups or individuals regardless of their economic situation, who they are, home situation or location etc. UNED generates and passes on knowledge in specific areas and, furthermore is a leader in its own field; that of the semi-present methodology.

Objectives of UNED's Development Cooperation

  1. Formal encouragement for universities that strive to develop semi-present and distance learning models, reinforcing our own presence in Latin America and initiating activities in Africa.

  2. Passing on knowledge via distance training for those without access to attended higher education.

  3. Accreditation in training and research in the field of distance learning following UNED's methodology.

2. Principal Projects

  • El Salvador: Help for El Salvador University in their implementation of studies using UNED's methodologies.

  • Dominican Republic: Help with environmental education, in collaboration with the Dominican R+D Institute.

  • Equatorial Guinea: Strengthening of UNED's centres in Guinea, with the help of the Spanish International Joint Development Agency (AECID ).

  • Peru: Help for the National Peruvian Education Development Fund in teacher-training and encouraging access to education for women in Peruvian prisons, with the help of non-governmental development organisation, Cedro.

  • Haiti: Coordinating the group charged with developing the Spanish University Cooperation Programme with Haiti (within the Spanish Universities' Internationalisation and Cooperation Commission).

This breaks down into several sub-projects:

1. Granting of scholarships related to critical studies essential for reconstruction.

2. Training for library staff and improving bibliographical resources.

3. Helping in the administration and management of universities.

4. Training for teachers and professors in universities and other areas considered strategic.

  • Reinforcement of projects in the framework of the Latin American Distance Learning in Higher Education Association network: UNED collaborates with the Latin American Social Responsibility Monitor in a project that hopes to determine the impact of university Social Responsibility in the region and create a manual to guide the governing bodies of the universities in the implementation of diagnostic processes.

3. Other joint activities

We consider it necessary to bring to fruition various activities in the field of cooperation in development. To begin with, those related to the recompilation of information relating to current UNED activities and dissemination of same. Secondly, those aimed at supporting the educational teams already working in cooperation or that want to do so in the future. Thirdly, those above-mentioned projects that consolidate UNED's cooperation strategy.

a) Identification and publication of UNED's current activities.

  • Graduate and postgraduate training.

  • Research.

  • Technical assistance and development projects.

  • Publication and dissemination.

Tasks:

  • On-line survey aimed at teachers to identify joint activities.

  • On-line survey aimed at associated centres to identify joint activities.

  • Search for available training information in UNED.

  • Database of training courses related to cooperation.

  • Databases of activities related to cooperation.

  • Providing data for the International Annual Cooperation Plan 2010 via the Universities' Joint Development Monitor.

  • Sending the relevant information to the Universities' Joint Development Monitor and other cooperation portals for dissemination.

  • Development of information and publication on UNED's website.

b) Promotion of research activities relating to cooperation and of technical assistance and development projects.

Tasks:

  • Informative sessions for teachers about joint development projects.

  • Training workshop for teachers on formulation of joint development projects.

  • Report detailing the number of UNED's PCI projects presented and approved.

  • Statistical report on UNED projects financed by the European Commission and other international organisations.

  • Help from the International Technical Development Unit for educational teams with presenting projects to the public.

  • Help from educational teams in new agreements/reactivation of existing agreements for joint activities.

c) Consolidating a Joint Development Strategy in UNED. Approval and implementation of concrete tasks.
Tasks:

  • An "Open Invitation to Cooperate" enabling the participation of the university community in UNED's strategic projects.

  • Viability study for creating a UNED joint development fund (known as 0.7% Fund).

  • Identification of all parties and analysis of proposals connected with the objectives of UNED's cooperation programme.

  • Identification of teams interested in joint development projects in areas of higher demand.

  • Viability and sustainability analyses of all projects.

  • Seek finance via presentation of category D of the Inter University Cooperation Programme aimed at formal support.