Adeje Summer University, education for all

The Adeje Summer University celebrates 25 years with a new course list

The rector of the University of La Laguna – the ULL – and the mayor of Adeje, presented the Adeje Summer University programme this week, which also marks 25 years of the university in the borough and 225 years since the foundation of the ULL. This summer there will be 6 courses and 14 workshops on offer from July 17th to 21st.
The Adeje mayor said that over those 25 years the courses had changed and adapted to the needs of students, and the summer university had survived the economic crisis that had affected many cultural and social programmes in the islands. Two years ago the organisers had adopted a new format, with shorter courses on three mornings in the week complemented by workshops in the afternoons and evenings, allowing them double the offer and see the number of students attending increase from 200 to 400 attending courses in the week in question, according to the ULL vice rector, Francisco García.
The prices for attending courses have also been modified, and today a course will cost students about €25 and a workshop is €10. Registration for courses opens today, Friday May 12th, and all the relevant information is available here: https://www.ull.es/Private/folder/institucional/ull/wull/cursosdeextension/adeje.html


Tourism, education, medicine, communication, creativity and sport are the general themes to be addressed this summer, open to a different public – not just third level students. In fact information about the summer courses was presented at the tourism trade fair Fitur, opening the possibility to visitors of attending a course or workshop of interest to them during a stay on the island.
The rector, Antonio Martinón, said the Adeje summer university had consolidated and reinforced the concept of extending general learning to other zones, and was now recognised as a valuable educational tool throughout the islands.
The poster this year was designed by a Fine Arts graduate, Alba González, who wanted to display the importance of culture and learning in parallel with recognition of the diversity of the person.

Susana Díaz to inaugurate Adeje Summer University

 

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The address will look at challenges to Europe today

The President of the regional government of Andalusia, Susana Díaz Pacheco, will make the inaugural address at the XXIV Adeje Summer University, under the title “Retos y desafíos de la Europa de hoy” (Challenges facing Europe today). The inaugural event will take place next Friday, July 15th, at 11am, in the Adeje Convento de San Francisco, and is open to the public. Local, regional and University of La Laguna authorities will also be present.

A graduate of law from the Universidad Hispalense and with a diploma in social institutions from the International Institute of San Telmo, Susana Díaz has held the position of President of the Andalusia Junta (regional government) since September 2013. She has had a full and busy political career in the region, having held a number of important positions in the Andalusian branch of the socialist PSOE party as well as institutional positions in the Seville Council, the Andalusian parliament, the Congress of Deputies, the Senate and the Andalusian government.

As president she has prioritised the mobilisation of resources for job creation, protecting the welfare state and introduced transparency and control measures regarding public fund use in the region.

Over the 24 years of the Adeje Summer University there have been many prestigious inaugural speakers. Including witter and journalist Diego Carcedo, architect Guisa Marcialis, ex-president of the Spanish government Felipe González Márquez, human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe Álvaro Gil Robles, judge Baltasar Garzón, and broadcaster Rosa María Calaf among many others. (Full list available online, www.uvadeje.es).

Courses and workshops for this year’s Summer University will run from Monday July 18th to Friday July 22nd. There is a wide range of topics on offer, from medicine to sport to tourism and much more. There are also courses on resilience, Buddhism, meditation, and social marketing. Each course runs over three mornings,at a cost of €25 and earns the students 1 ECTS credit. Workshops are in the afternoons, lasting one day, at a cost of €10. More information on courses and workshops and registration – www.uvadeje.es.

Summer University registration open

UVA POSTER 2015

People interested in signing up for a Summer University (UVA) course can do so now

Registration for summer courses with the Adeje Summer University is now open. You can register in person in the ULL in Calle Viana 50, La Laguna, in Adeje in the Cultural Centre, from 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, or online, www.uvadeje.es

The courses on offer this year, organised by the council and the ULL, are in 20 hour blocks and can be used by students for extra credits. They focus on alimentation, gender issues, physical/sporting activities, medicine and hyperbaric nursing, marketing tourism products, family and school, etc. The university runs from July 20th – 24th.

People on the Adeje padrón, registered students in official educational centres, unemployed persons and retirees will be offered discounts, and again this year there will be a public transport service put in place to bring students from the north of the islands, with stops in La Laguna, Santa Cruz, Barranco Hondo, Candelaria, Güímar, Porís de Abona, and San Isidro.

The courses:
(The courses are listed here in Spanish as they will be taught in Spanish – they could be of interest to you or your friends or family currently studying)

Género, clase y culturas en intersección (Gender, class and cultures intersecting)
La ciudadanía transnacional y sus desafíos’, under Esther Torrado and Rodrigo Fidel Rodríguez.

Actividades físico-deportivas de ocio y recreación (Physical-sporting leisure activities ) directed by Adelto Hernández

Alimentación y dieta saludable (Alimentation and a healthy diet), led by Gonzalo Brito.

Medicina y enfermería subacuática e hiperbárica (Medicine and aquatic nursing and hiperbaric care) Atención al politraumatizado y plan de emergencias’, course director: Antonio Alarcó.

Retos y tendencias en el diseño y comercialización de productos turísticos (Challenges and trends in design and commercialisation of tourism products), with Eduardo Parra.

Integrando la diversidad: familia y escuela (Integrating diversity: family and school), course director: Desirée González..

Por un deporte sin violencia (Sport without violence), with Patricia Pintor.

Digital directions

uva digital commerceNew challenges in digital negotiations and electronic commerce, worth two mixed credits (CLE and ECTS)

One of the courses on offer at the XXII Adeje Summer University will be “New challenges in digital negotiation and electronic commerce” given by Eduardo Parra López, professor at the University of La Laguna. The University session runs from July 21st to July 25th. The aim of the course is to teach the student the correct use and application of procedures and attitudes in the world of digital negotation and electronic commerce, the evolving market place.

The course, which will be held in the University campus in the Adeje Cultural Centre, will also focus on innovations in businesses that are already using these forms of commerce and negotiations in their daily dealings with people, and the student will also learn to introduce evaluation, mediation and improvement systems in virtual situations to ultimately design, establish and promote marketing strategies via a digital company.

The course will last for 20 hours and offer two mixed credits to students (CLE and ECTS). Classes will be very practical in nature and based on real and existing examples.

Those interested in signing up for the course or looking for more information on the Summer University should contact either the Adeje Council, Cultural Centre, Calle Príncipe Pelinor, S/N 38670 – Adeje, Tel 922 756 246 or the University of La Laguna, – Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Universidad y Sociedad Calle Viana, 50 – San Cristóbal de La Laguna Tel 922 319 616.

Picture This!

UVA PHOTO COMP POSTER

Knowledge to be theme for photography competition

The Adeje department of culture, under councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt, has released details of the Adeje Summer University’s photography competition. The central theme is knowledge, with entrants asked to present their personal interpretation of learning and the search for it. The winning photograph will mean €600 for the photographer and also be used as the main poster for the XXII Summer University this year.

The date for entries begins this Saturday, March 29th and the competition is open until Wednesday April 9th. Entries should be either delivered to department of culture, or posted but stamped at the post office with the date it is presented to ensure that it qualifies for consideration.

According to the councillor, “the Adeje Summer University has always been a forum for debate and participation and for that reason we want to encourage even more participation in the creative process from the public. Photography encompasses so much – art, science, memory and the human experience and we hope the idea will appeal to a lot of people.”

Those who wish to enter must abide by certain rules and respect the basic theme of knowledge in their final work, as well as displaying their theme development, composition, light, and originality.

The best 20 photographs will form part of an exhibition under the Adeje Summer University title from July 21 – 25th.

Entries must be original and new and not previously published. You may enter just one photograph or a series consisting of three or five images. The width should be between 24 – 30 cm, length 30 – 40 cm. The photograph must also be accompanied by the relevant entry form, which can be downloaded from the Culture section of the council webpage, www.adeje.es.

There will be a prize of €600 for first place and €300 for the runner up.

Mediterranean Diet Saves Lives

 

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Yesterday Lluis Serra Majem, during his lectura as part of the Adeje Summer University, confirmed what many of us suspected; the Mediterranean diet really is better for you.
Remember the saying, “at the table no-one grows old”, well at least if they stick to a good diet, with olive oil and dried fruits rather than over indulging in carbohydrates they won’t have a heart attack says Serra Majem, who is the director of the department of Preventative Medicine and Public Health in the University of Las Palmas.
His conclusions are based on the recently published results of the Predimed study, a nutritional study that examined the eating habits of 7,500 individuals over three years including a group from the Canarias. The results show clearly that those who use virigin olive oil and dried fruits as a regular part of their diet are reducing their mortality rate by up to 30%. He said that too often people place too much emphasis on fats as the problem in the increase in the levels of obesiety but the real culprits are carbs, particularly sugar. In this way the traditional Mediterranean diet is always a better option, and studies have also indicated that this diet can aid in the prevention and treatment of depression.
Referring back to the growing (excuse the pun) problem of obesiety, particularly among children here in the Canaries, the speaker said that too many people in the Canaries still fail to consider obesity an illness or a problem. He said that for many who lived 50 years ago when the population suffered from nutriticional deficiencies today grandparents and parents are happy to feed their children up, thinking they are building up their defences, but in reality they are creating a whole new spread of health problems.
By sticking to the Mediterranean diet, and that applies here in the Canaries too with regional and cultural additions such as gofio, and what’s to hand such as fish, local wines, etc, the population could be healthier. But the fast-food invasion has taken its toll, food that is prepared and consumed too quickly and “too often spurred on by tourism. Spain is a tourist country, and the arrival of so many tourists in a relatively short space of time has produced a change in our eating habits because we appeared unable to offer traditional dishes to toursts…”
There is, apparently, a proposal to make 2014 International Year of the Mediterranean Diet, aqnd the move already has the backing of the Spanish government, and would see a series of financial incentives offered to promote the Mediterranean Diet. “In times of crisis it is important to back intitiatives that will have an important impact. More than ever people need to be able to use their food budgets in the best possible way”; he said.

Economic Myths and Misconceptions

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”, so wrote 18th Century Irish statesman Edmund Burke, and these words were chosen by Spanish economist Pedro Pérez Fernández to conclude his speech at the inauguration of the 21st Adeje Summer University, in the presence of the full council and the Rector of the University of La Laguna Eduardo Doménech Martínez .
Held in the impressive Convento de Adeje, on the Calle Grande, the opening took place in the presence of many invited guests from Tenerife’s political and financial circles as well as members of the public who were all welcome to attend. Pedro Pérez Fernández was part of Spain’s economic adminstrations from 1979 to 1993 in a number of government departments, and spoke of the development of econonic politics, particularly in this current crisis, which will celebrate six years in existence next month, he reminded people.
He said, “economics is full of myths and common misconceptions…but it is the presence of (strong) internal institutions that will guarantee growth and the proper distribution of wealth and determine national prosperity.” Problems begin when those institutions are paralysed or wander from their set remit and the speaker blamed weak institutional guidance in Spain as one of the reasons the crisis continued here whereas, for instance, the administrations in the United States had adopted a Kensyian approach, in other words active government intervention in the market place, and were now officially out of recession. Citing examples of poor management in Spain the economist mentioned airports with too few passengers, ports that are not cost effective and the fast rail network which loses money every time a train leaves the station.
Finishing his speech Pérez Fernández was a bit more upbeat and referred to Adeje as one example of a region where institutions did work and where political decisions had helped make Adeje one of Spain’s leading tourism destinations. He also praised the council for continuing to host this summer university despite financial constraints.
The university runs for a week and inlcudes a diversity of courses on everything from dealing with cranial injuries to film production, innovations in tourism and the role and place of the family in the 21st century.