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Prospects for 2012
Eduard Vinyamata
Eduard Vinyamata, Campus for Peace Director. Photo: UOC/David Campos

[Eduard Vinyamata]

Crises, like pain or illness, serve to help us reflect on what we have being doing wrong and how to act to remedy this.

Nevertheless, our ‘crises’ here at the UOC Campus for Peace are crises of growth and expansion. First of all, we need to highlight the Campus for Peace’s promotion and coordination of initiatives such as the School for Cooperation at the International Graduate Institute (IGI) – an area accounting for nearly four thousand students and over a hundred faculty and subjects – and the CREC-IN3 – the Centre de Recerca i Estudis en Conflictologia (Conflictology Study and Research Centre) at the University’s research institute. The CREC publishes the Journal of Conflictology (an English-language scientific e-journal), organises the international conflictology conferences (2012 will see the fifth) and coordinates four research groups.

We have started up a number of new courses including one on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Children and we are preparing the UNESCO-FCB-UOC Chair’s postgraduate course on sport and peaceful coexistence. We have also started digital skills training courses with nearly one hundred university faculty in Cameroon and one hundred school teachers in Haiti. The aim is to continue training university faculty and school teachers in these countries in order to provide solutions, in terms of scientific and technological knowledge, to practical problems in these societies in knowledge areas such as health, entrepreneurship, peaceful coexistence or the protection of fundamental rights.

The course with the International Peace Bureau (IPB) is also soon to start. Likewise, the postgraduate and master’s courses in Conflictology are to take on a markedly international character. We have established collaborative agreements with UNITAR, Costa Rica’s University for Peace, Colombia’s UniMinuto and Canada’s Athabasca University, among others, so that their students can take our postgraduate and master’s courses in Conflictology.

Our websites and their contents have undergone considerable improvements and our annual report, which you can find published on our portal, has also been redesigned.

If you fight for peace, we offer you the best weapons. We work to increase scientific knowledge of conflict and to find the best techniques for non-violent action. If you want to make the world a better place, we can teach you many ways to do so. Education is the way forward.

Eduard Vinyamata
Campus for Peace, School for Cooperation, CREC-IN3 (UOC)


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