Adeje Summer University news

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Today the Adeje council and the University of La Laguna, the ULL, presented details of the XXIV Adeje Summer University as well as the poster for this year’s university, designed by local artist Conrado Díaz. Tourism, education, communication and health are just some of the themes reflected in the courses on offer this year, which also will meet European Bologna Process requirements.

The cost of signing up for courses has dropped for 2016 and will cost prospective students just €25 and €10 for workshops. Students from outside the borough of Adeje can also avail of transport from La Laguna and Santa Cruz for just €5. There will also be parallel musical, artistic and gastronomy activities between July 15th and 22nd in the Adeje Cultural centre, the campus for the annual Summer University, now in its 24th year. Other municipal buildings will also host a number of workshops, all organised by the Adeje department of education and the University of La Laguna.

Registration is open now, via the webpage, or in person at the University of La Laguna or the Adeje cultural centre. In the tourism area the courses will deal with issues such as new ways to set up overnight stay businesses, dealing with climate change in the tourism industry, and courses in news media and transparency. Buddhism and meditation is another course on offer already of huge interest, as is that offering instruction in the prevention of violence in schools and in the home.
Inaugurating the course programme, Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “we will soon celebrate 25 years of this Summer University thanks to the excellent relationship with have with the University of La Laguna”. For the Adeje mayor the relationship between the university and tourism is fundamental, given the huge importance he places on training, the advancement of knowledge, human interaction and professionalism within the tourism industry. He said the courses on offer this year were designed to meet the needs of society.

The rector of the ULL, Antonio Martinón Cejas thanked the Adeje council for their ongoing collaboration, adding, “we hope to continue to advance our partnerships with the institutions and our relationship with the local society and our links to Adeje are part of that”. He said that over the 24 years of the Summer University there had been different rectors but each with the same commitment to this programme, given its importance and the opportunity it brings to the residents and students in the south of Tenerife. He also referred to the Tourism degree now offered in Adeje, a course which will do much to improve tourism here and “we are developing the Master programme now which has direct relevance to the south of the island and this borough”. The rector also took time to meet with the 30 final year students who will graduate from the Tourism degree course this year in Adeje.
There will also be a number of non-official courses on offer during the week in July, inlcuding Gospel singing with singer Latonius. There is also an event organised in co-ordination with the Tenerife Press Association on radio yesterday and today, with an exhibition in parallel.

Fundación Disa
The Fundación Disa are this year’s main sponsors of the Summer University. This is a branch of the Grupa Disa, developing the company’s social dimension in different aspects which contribute to sustainable development in the parts of society in which there are operating.

Numbers up at the Adeje Summer University

RUEDA DE PRENSA_1 (54)Students from all over Europe took part
The XXII Adeje Summer University finished for anther year with an overall increase in the number of students taking course options. According to the vice-rector of the University of La Laguna, Nélida Rancel Torres and the Adeje cultural councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt. This and other data acquired from the students during the week of courses also showed that unlike previous years most of the students were not there to increase their credit total but there to take up new educational options and improve their education.

“We have achieved our objective, to bring the Summer University to the people”, they commented, adding that the figures proved that the courses on offer were of real interest to the population. Altogether 345 people studied one of the courses during the week, with a breakdown showing 50/50 men and women, with half of the students between the ages of 16 and 25 years of age. 23% were 26-35, 21% 36-50 and 5% over 50 years of age.

Figures also showed that while most of the students came from Tenerife, from boroughs all over the island, there were also students present from other islands, from the Spanish peninsula, and from Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and the Czech Republic. “A very international Summer University”.
Following the official press conference to end the week long event the Adeje council made a special presentation to Nélida Rancel Torres for her dedicated work with the Summer University over the years, as this was her final year as vice-rector.


Renewable Energies and Employment


Fernando Lahoz: “renewable energies could create a huge number of jobs in the archipelago”
One of the courses taking place during the Adeje Summer University is looking at renewable and efficient energy in the Canary Islands. Directed by Fernando Lahoz Zamarro, University of La Laguna professor and Sergio Fabián León Luis, the course aim is to give students a general vision of current renewable energy strategies and realities at a regional and global level, and look at possible future developments.

During the opening session the course director, Fernando Lahoz, made special mention of the search for clean energy to take the place of petrol, whose time is almost at an end, he said. The students were given scientific date to analyse existing alternatives.

Lahoz stressed the benefits of using renewable energies for the Canary Islands, not just in terms of the environment, but also for the economy, “Renewable energies as well as being sustainable and clean generate jobs…and can offer excellent employment opportunities for people with science and technology qualifications”, he said.

The Hydro-Wind centre in El Hierro is also being studied by those taking the course. As Lahoz told the class, “we have become a talking point for the whole world. El Hierro has become an excellent example at international level and is the first Canary Island capable of self-sufficiency in energetic terms”.

There was a huge interest from students in this particular course, and in fact the Summer University organisers had to increase the numbers of places on offer from 40 to 50.