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COUNTRY FOCUS: SPAIN Promoting Higher Education in Spain: The Creation of the Universidad.es Foundation By Mònica Margarit THE NAME OF our new institution, “Universidad.es, the Foundation for the International Promotion of Spanish Universities,” reflects its mission in several ways. First, Universidad.es is a play on words that puts the Spanish word for university (universidad) into the plural (universidades) by adding .es—Spain’s country code Internet domain. The name reflects our identification with the latest technology, of which online communication—broad ranging, spontaneous, open, and unlimited—is a fundamental part. Second, as a “foundation for international promotion,” Universidad.es is a nonprofit organization that is committed to exploring all possible avenues for promoting human development and for helping the Spanish university community make its mark in the international arena. In the last 30 years, the Spanish university system has changed beyond recognition. This transformation brought with it profound legislative reforms: the advent of democracy and university autonomy, modifications in the organization of the education system, the introduction of objective criteria for appointing lecturers and researchers, support for research as an integral part of the university’s mission, and the introduction of appropriate systems for its evaluation. Spain’s constructive attitude towards European integration is reflected in its wholehearted support for large-scale student and lecturer mobility and the adoption of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Undoubtedly, governments and other institutions have made crucial contributions to the success of these policies and the drive for internationalization, but the commitment of Spanish universities has been the foundation of this project since its earliest days. In 1975, Spain was a dictatorship with only 28 universities; today it is a consolidated democracy, a fully integrated member of the European Union, and home to 77 universities that together form a homogeneous network of first-class higher education institutions. The number of students tripled from 500,000 in 1980 to 1,400,000 in the 2008–2009 academic year. And, of course, Spain’s university society is In the last 30 years, Spain and its university system have changed beyond recognition. A System Transformed The project emerged at a time when most countries in Europe already had institutions engaged in the international promotion of their university systems. The Spanish government approved the creation of the Universidad.es Foundation at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 28, 2008. Reflecting the project’s importance, the Board of Trustees included representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Science and Innovation, Culture, Justice, and Health and Social Policy, as well as the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development, the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade, the Cervantes Institute, the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities, the Carolina Foundation, the regional governments of Spain’s autonomous communities, and the Council of Universities. The creation of the foundation represented a step forward for Spain in a new context that foresees education as a way to break down frontiers and nurture truly global students. The official launch of the Universidad.es Foundation took place on March 24, 2010, in Madrid. Pictured from left to right: Allan Goodman, President of IIE, Ángel Gabilondo, Minister of Education of Spain, Ángel Lossada, Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Màrius Rubiralta, Secretary General for Universities, Mònica Margarit, Director, Fundación Universidad.es. 25 http://www.Universidad.es http://www.Universidad.es http://www.Universidad.es http://www.Universidad.es http://www.Universidad.es http://www.Universidad.es http://www.Universidad.es

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2010

IIE Networker - Fall 2010
Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series
Ten Years On: Bologna’s Global Dimension and Its Limits at Home
A New Europe: Creating the European Higher Education Area
What’s New in Brussels? Visions for the EU and the European Higher Education Area
Trends in English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe
Promoting Higher Education in Spain: The Creation of the Universidad.es Foundation
The Joint European/International Doctorate: A Strategic Tool to Enhance Worldwide Institutional Collaboration
More Europeans Seek Undergraduate Degrees in the United States
European Schools in America, American Schools in Europe: Outposts Along the Path to the Global University
Out of the Office and Into the World: A Personal Perspective on the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program
Applying European Approaches to U.S. Higher Education
Advertisers’ Index
IIE Program Profile: IIE in Europe

IIE Networker - Fall 2010