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International programmes for development cooperation

UVic-UCC’s social responsibilities in international relations and cooperation are focused on projects aimed at the development of shared actions between countries, cultures and organizations.

The purpose of university cooperation is to contribute to transforming structural conditions in the world and the development of human rights in a critical and conscientious way.

Due to its political nature cooperation poses an educational challenge for UVic-UCC and the entire university community in terms of developing training initiatives and research in contexts of injustice and exclusion as well as for the inevitable ethics in current higher education practices.

UVic-UCC became involved in cooperation in 1997 and is currently working on several projects. Furthermore, UVic-UCC is the seat of the UNESCO Chair in Women, Development and Cultures, which it shares with the Center for Women and Literature of the University of Barcelona. The Chair focuses on gender studies, development, cultural diversity and integration with the aim of building fairer societies which are open to differences.

UVic-UCC also works on cooperation projects with the Xarxa Vives d'Universitats (Vives Network) and is part of several solidarity and cooperation programmes at local and national level.


UNESCO Chair in Women, Development and Cultures

The mission of the Chair is to focus on gender studies, development, cultural diversity and integration with the aim of building fairer societies which are open to differences.

The UNESCO Chair in Women, Development and Cultures is shared with the Centre for Women and Literature at the University of Barcelona and was launched in January 2004.

Cooperation and knowledge transfer projects


The programme for development cooperation «Formació en rehabilitació funcional a Àfrica, Fisiàfrica», coordinated by the Xarxa Vives d'Universitats (Vives Network), was aimed at strengthening health systems in Mozambique, Gambia and Ghana between 2014 and 2016.

With the support of the Spanish Agency of International Development Cooperation (AECID) Fisiàfrica includes participants from University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, University of Girona, University of the Balearic Islands and the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. Apart from other local partners, the Institute of Health Sciences in Mozambique, the Mozambique Ministry of Health (MISAU) and the University of Gambia participate, as well as the University of Legon (Ghana) a recent contact.

The project includes contributions from physiotherapy teachers and student interns from UVic-UCC and partner institutions.

Development of an integrated management plan for municipal waste in Panama City

The purpose of this joint project, which reinforces the BETA technology centre’s presence in Central America, is to develop a PMGIRS (integrated management plan for solid municipal waste) for Panama City and its metropolitan area, which encompasses 50% of the country’s population. The project is led by BETA in collaboration with AERIS Technologies Ambientals S.L, Vic City Council and Panama City Municipality.

BETA is bringing its expertise to the project to help the country acquire the necessary tools to implement a system for recycling, managing and assessing waste. The aim of this knowledge transfer project is to help a developing country to solve a pending problem.

The project is co-financed by Barcelona Provincial Council with a "grant for technical support in the area of development cooperation".

Closed projects

Faculty of Science and Technology

Cuba programme

Joint development programme on the characterisation of chocolate aroma from cocoa of different origins and processing conditions.

Algeria Universities Programme (PAU)

Duration: 2007-2012

The Algeria Universities Programme (PAU) was a development programme based on joint work between two Mediterranean university networks, Xarxa Vives d'Universitats and Conferència Regional d'Universitats de l'Oest d'Algèria (CRUO). The objective of the programme was to integrate and recognise the Algerian university system within the Mediterranean sphere and promote its potential in higher education.

Sixteen Algerian universities and other institutions participated in this project as well as 21 universities from 4 European states.

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