Universidade Europeia and the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena, in Ecuador, signed a Memorandum of Exchange and Academic and Cultural Cooperation, with a view to promoting a bilateral student exchange program and strengthening academic ties between the two institutions.
The signing ceremony took place on the campus of Universidade Europeia (Quinta do Bom Nome, in Carnide, Lisbon), and was attended by Hélia Gonçalves Pereira, rector of Universidade Europeia, and Néstor Acosta Lozano and Gisella Paula Chica, rector and vice rector, respectively, of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena. During the event, the representatives of both universities expressed their delight at the new collaboration, which will allow students to explore new cultural and academic horizons.
"Internationalization is one of the strategic axes of Universidade Europeia, since we firmly believe that education transcends borders and that geographical and cultural exchange enriches the academic and professional experience of our students. This protocol with the Universidad de Santa Elena, with whom we share the mission and objectives of establishing partnerships in the cultural and scientific fields, opens doors for our students, as well as for Ecuadorian students, and offers them the opportunity to expand their cultural horizons, acquire new international perspectives and strengthen their skills in an increasingly connected and global world," says the rector of Universidade Europeia, Hélia Gonçalves Pereira.
For Néstor Acosta Lozano, rector of the Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena, "this type of agreement is fundamental for promoting collaboration and mutual enrichment between higher education institutions from different countries and cultures", adding that "facilitating student mobility between the two universities, allowing them to study temporarily at the partner institution, will enrich their academic and cultural experience".
By entering into this agreement, both institutions will have the challenge of guaranteeing the exchange of students for at least one full academic semester, or for one year if it is the student's intention to extend the duration of the program. This exchange will be eligible for full-time students who have completed at least two semesters at their home institution and who meet the exchange requirements of both universities.
The signing of this protocol is a manifestation of the European University's ongoing commitment to providing relevant and differentiated learning opportunities for its students, while at the same time reinforcing the value of international cooperation in higher education. In total, the institution already has more than 200 international partnerships with renowned institutions in countries such as Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States of America, among others.