Sport is a learning tool

Hugo Bustillo Onandia, lecturer on sports during the Adeje Summer University, told students that,  “Sport is a very potent tool with which we can change many things in society and if used well, the winning or losing will be circunstancial, but the values we learn through sport – respect, treatment of others, team work, training, healthy life-style habits – are what will stay with us.”

The title of the course “El Deportes desde otra perspectiva” (sports from another perspective) was also a forum for debate among sporting professionals, including members of the Adeje sports department, looking at sport as more than just a series of competitions.  “It’s about the vision of who is training, refereeing or taking part in sporting activities”.

During the three day course particiapnts  looked at adapted sports, asking how they can improve the area of special needs sports for all.  Diet was also discussed as was the issue of doping in sport, with discussions on both the latest methods for detection drug use in top professionals as well as looking at the reasons athletes turn to banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Canarian wines, different and delicous

 

Adeje workshop on the characteristics of Canarian wines

 

The world of wine returned to the Adeje Summer University this year with two workshops presenting and examining the particular characteristics of wines from the region, and why Canarian wines are becoming well known and liked outside the islands. Surprisingly, there is a still a notable percentage of the local population who reject their own wines, something workshops like these seeks to change.

The Thursday workshop was led by Juan García Socas, president of the main Gran Canarian Wine group and a professional taster, and Ricardo Aguasca Colomo, university professor from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. People were shown the background to professional tastings and were able to try various wines from all of the islands.

 

As García Socas explained, wine production is something very rooted in the local agriculture, gastronomy and economy. Canarian wines owe their special characteristics to the earth, the volcanic ground and the trade winds, making the wines unique. Add to the mix the grapes used here in the Canary Islands, and that it is a territory that has been free of the phylloxera plague that attacked European vines in the 19th century.

The experts also argued that they were not asking people to say Canarian wines are “better or worse” than others, simply to acknowledge that they are different, and with an ever-increasing number of fans here and beyond, wine drinkers in search of new flavours and aromas, who also appreciate wines made under quality controls.

 

 

The ‘best teacher in Spain’ in Adeje

César Bona will lead a workshop, in Spanish “Escuchar para Educar” (listen to teach) on the challenges facing teachers today

As part of the Adeje Summer University, César Bona, often called `the best teacher in Spain’ will give a talk on Thursday July 26th where he will discuss the challenges facing educators in today’s world. Bona was one of 50 finalists, out of 5,000 entrants in 127 countries, for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize in 2015.

“Rather than limiting the data in our head, we have to change the vision of education, give more importance to opening doors that invite children to express what they have inside. When we begin to listen and evaluate what everyone has to say and to bring, that’s when we begin to understand and when they begin to better understand”, says Bona, who is a qualified teacher as well as holding degrees in English and in teaching in a foreign language. His talk, in Spanish, is scheduled for 6pm.

Other parallel activities taking place as part of the Adeje Summer University include an art exhibition, “Inspiración África” and a number of local and regional radio stations have also been broadcasting live from the campus (in the Adeje Cultural Centre) throughout the week. Six books have been launched; there have been live concerts in the Calle Grande too, with music from
“El método Stanislavski”, “Fran Baraja & Parranda Blues Band”, “Quimbao la Nuit”, “El Cardón” and “Together”.

The full programme of parallel cultural activities is available online, www.adeje.es/uva
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Music as therapy!

 

Music can help those with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

 

As part of the Adeje Summer University, Professor Julián González González is running a three day course on the study of music neurophysiology, and how it affects the brain, etc. He talked students through the recognition of sound to how it then provokes certain reactions, sensations, recognised by the brain, associations with certain emotions and different cognitive processes. In the is regard it is now believed music will have therapeutic benefits for certain ailments, “there are advanced investigations which show music is producing improvements in those suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s”, he stated.

The course director explained that music therapy does have a solid scientific base and all results of related testing are subject to proper scientific criteria. Today, in the USA and the UK more than anywhere else, certain hospitals now have special units dedicated to this kind of therapeutic investigation.

“Scientifically this shows that for certain conditions, ailments, music can help, but this is still a relatively new branch. We need to study more to see what kind of emotions different music provokes, and, within cognitive phenomena, which grade of mental dysfunction may be affected”.

The course isn’t just looking at music therapy, but also, on a wider scale, explaining the music process from a neurophysiological and biophysical base, music pedagogy and music in the animal world. Regarding music pedagogy, González says that music teaching in primary and secondary education is relevant “because music and musical training helps cognitive skills develop and would appear to improve certain aspects of our humanity”. And in the animal world, the investigation is looking at the impact sound and music may have and their importance in the animal kingdom, from bird song to the use of sonar by bats. “The spectrum of sound in the animal world is huge”, he remarked.

The influence of our culture would explain why human beings are more receptive to musical tones, as they and we have evolved over the centuries. Music with different tonal structures produces different effects and emotions, but says González, the study of those effects has still a long way to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje Summer University – courses and workshops


Below is a short summary of the courses and workshops that are running during the Adeje Summer University next week – all courses are in Spanish. Courses run over three days, mornings from 9am – 2pm, (unless otherwise stated) with a one hour break. The workshops are single day classes from 4pm – 8pm. Registration details: http://www.adeje.es/uva

I have left the titles in Spanish with a brief course summary in English.

COURSES
July 23 – 25, 9am – 2pm, Adeje Cultural Centre

Curso práctico de lengua de signos aplicada a la sordera y sordoceguera
The course is for anyone interested in learning basic Spanish sign language, allowing individuals to converse with deaf persons.

Globalización y empresas en red: organización empresarial y nuevas formas de trabajo
For the general public, and professionals in the sector

Periodismo deportivo: narrativas de innovación y emprendimiento
For those already working in the field and students of sports journalism. Members of the public interested in sports will also find this of interest, as will interested athletes or those working in sporting institutions.

La música desde la Biofísica y la Neuropsicofisiología: cerebro, pedagogía y contexto socio-cultural
For students/professionals/those interested in the history of art/psychology/music/biology or health sciences, looking at the most recent investigations into the relationship between music and the brain and music therapies, and the influence of music on different human emotions and social behaviour.

Curso básico para trabajar con un software de gestión hotelera: Aplicación práctica sobre Noray Htl
PLACES FULLY BOOKED: The course will look at using and integration of the Noray hotel management software.

III Congreso Internacional del Periodismo Histórico Canario: Historia y comunicación social en la Macaronesia
10am – 8pm
Congress on social communication in Macaronesia (Canaries, Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde).

July 25th – 27th, 9am – 2pm, Adeje Cultural Centre

Nutrición del/a deportista
For athletes, indivual and team, as well as trainers and coaches, technical sports personnel, monitors, etc.

Cambio climático y sumideros de carbono. Construyendo bosques productivos
For the general public

El deporte desde otra perspectiva
Looking at the world of sport from a different point of view, with personal experiences from those leading the course.

Medicina subacuática e hiperbárica
A theory/practical course on hyperbaric and subaquatic medicine with students learning about the physical principals of diving, related accidents, initial and hospital treatments, and diving-related illnesses.

WORKSHOPS
Adeje Cultural Centre, 4pm – 8pm

July 23rd
Taller práctico de Lengua de signos aplicada a la sordera y sordosordera
Practical workshop in Spanish sign language – basic concepts

“I win You win” en la escuela: aprendiendo cooperativamente
For the general public, learning to work in teams, different models of co-operative methods, conflict resolution.

Periodismo móvil
For students of journalism, working journalists and those interested in the use of mobile technology for story-telling.

July 24th
Creatividad literaria. Fuentes, métodos y técnicas
For writers, readers, professionals, artists and those working in education, libraries, socio-cultural therapists, etc.


July 25th
Innovación comunicativa y cambio social
For university students at all grades interested in spcial work, journalists, etc.

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la Agenda 2030
The workshop looks at the sustainable development objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda, generating ideas and proposals to improve environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Taller de creatividad: autoestima, motivación y zona de confort
Open to all members of the public interested in personal or professional growth. Open to those currently seeking work, workers, professionals, etc.

July 26th
Oratoria, argumentación y debate para la vida cotidiana
For those interested in the art of discussion and debate

Vinos de Canarias: conocerlos y apreciarlos (I)
Workshop in Canarian wines with tastings. Of interest to the public and visitors who would like to know more about local products.

Equidad y paz de géneros, desde una mirada sistémica
Examining beliefs and gender stereotypes. Using new tools to re-examine old gender themes

Taller de creatividad: fijaciones funcionales y pensamiento lateral
Open to all members of the public interested in personal or professional growth. Open to those currently seeking work, workers, professionals, etc.

July 27th
Vinos de Canarias: Conocerlos y apreciarlos (II)
Workshop in Canarian wines with tastings. Of interest to the public and visitors who would like to know more about local products.

 

Spain’s top sporting journalist to give summer university inaugural address

 

Paloma del Río Cañadas, one of the best known faces and voices in television sport’s coverage in Spain, will give the Adeje Summer University (UVA) inaugural address on July 20th at 12 noon in the Adeje Convento. The event will be attended by local and University of La Laguna authorities, business and official representatives and is also open to the public. The title of her talk will be (translated) ‘Media coverage of women in sport and their invisibility’.

She studied information sciences at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and graduated in 1989. Today she is the official coordinator of sponsorship and sporting federations for RTVE, Spain’s national television station. She has also held the position of director of sports programme and chief sports reporter. Her voice is one of the most widely recognised in sports reporting nationally, and she has covered national and international competitions and 14 Olympic Games (Winter and Summer).

Paloma del Río has received numerous awards for her work, and is also a novelist in her own right. She is currently working on a book on the role of women in sport.

As well as delivering the inaugural address the sports presenter will also give a workshop as part of the UVA on (translated) ‘Sports journalism: stories of innovation and learning’, which will be on July 23rd at 12 noon, looking at the evolution of sport’s journalism. Registration for the course is still open, www.uvadeje.es

Adeje’s university summer campus!

Adeje Summer University :“More than courses and workshops”.

Yesterday the Adeje councillor for education and sport, Adolfo Alonso, alongside a number of course leaders and the University of La Laguna vice-rector Francisco García, outlined details of this month’s Adeje Summer University, running in the Adeje Cultural Centre from July 23rd – 27th, to the press. The presentation was held in the CajaCanarias Fundación HQ, given their role as one of the main sponsors of the annual summer school.

This is the 26th consecutive year that the summer university has taken place, with Adeje now the university campus in South Tenerife, also running a full tourism degree course. Francisco García commented that three years ago the programme had changed to become more flexible and modular to adapt to the changing profile of summer students, many of whom are not simply looking for extra credits but are, for instance, professionals interested in on-going training and education. The latter group, he commented, are growing in number every year.

The full list of courses and workshops, all of which are in Spanish this year, are available online www.adeje.es/uva, and you can also register online.

The programme offers 14 courses which run over three days and 15 workshops of one day’s duration. The idea, says Adolfo Alonso, is “to offer more than courses and workshops” with a range of parallel complementary activities, book presentations, a different musical event in the Calle Grande every night and a lot more to interest the public in general. During the week different radio stations will be presenting programmes live from the summer campus and the graduation ceremony for students from this year’s tourism degree course will also be held.

The courses are running in two blocks, the first from Monday July 23rd to Wednesday July 25th, and the second from Wednesday July 25th to Friday July 27th, with all classes from 9am to 2pm. Courses include sign language, communication strategies, globalisation and online business, sports journalism, climate change, and subaquatic medicine. Workshops will run from 6pm to 8pm daily.

Department of Communications

Adeje Summer University, July 17th – 21st

The courses and workshops are open to all and registration is ongoing

This year the Adeje Summer University celebrates 25 years since it first opened its doors to students in South Tenerife. The course offer, drawn up by the University of La Laguna and the Adeje council, always has a healthy inclusion of tourism-related topics, given that the industry is the economic motor for these islands, and this year the inaugural address will be made, on Friday July 15th, by Carlos Vogeler, executive director for member relations of the World Tourism Organisation. The inauguration will be held in the Adeje Convento at midday.

The Summer University offers a range or courses, many of which can help a student accumulate university credits, but they are also designed with the general public in mind. The university opens with a course in recognising autism and resources for teachers and families. Focussing on tourism, you could attend lectures on the ‘sharing economy – the end of tourism as we know it?’, on communication and democracy in the digital age, on managing the change in tourism governance, finance and digital transformation (in English), or on sports management. Of more specific interest, there is a course on new developments in surgery, another on art, culture and law, and on vigilance and control of employment benefits.

The range of workshops also sees sessions on tourism related topics, on learning for highly intelligent/gifted students, on how to be assertive in public, on Canarian wines and another on how to evolve your talent as a communicator/journalist. Unless otherwise stated, courses and workshops are in Spanish. The full programme of courses and workshops is online, www.adeje.es/uva

The courses are all held during the mornings, from 9am – 2pm, and the workshops are scheduled for the afternoons, from 4pm – 8pm. The courses cost €25 and workshops just €10. To register to take part in one or more of these classes you can so online, www.uvadeje.es, at the University of La Laguna (922 3196169) or in the Adeje Cultural Centre (922 756246)

Adeje Summer University, opening address

 


Carlos Vogeler, executive director of the World Tourism Organisation, will open the Adeje Summer University

This year the Adeje Summer University celebrates 25 years since it first opened it’s doors to students in South Tenerife. The course offer always has a healthy inclusion of tourism-related topics, given that the industry is the economic motor for these islands, and this year the inaugural address will be made by Carlos Vogeler, executive director for member relations of the World Tourism Organisation.

Vogeler, born in Venezuela, is a tenured professor at University “Rey Juan Carlos”, Madrid, at the Dpt. of Business Economics, a regular lecturer at Spanish and International Universities and author of various university text books, as well as numerous articles on international tourism structure.

Mr. Vogeler started his career in the private sector at Pullmantur, one of the largest Spanish Tour Operators. He also played an active role in the board of directors of the Spanish Travel Agencies Association of Travel Agencies and in UFTAA (United Federation of Travel Agent’s Associations), were he chaired the committee on road transportation. From 1991 to 2008 he served in various senior management positions at Group RCI, part of Wyndham Worldwide, where he was Managing Director for South-Western Europe, covering Spain, France, Portugal and Benelux and later Vice president of Global Account Strategy & Industry Relations.

He was elected Chairman of the Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from 2005 to 2008, representing Group RCI. Since 1997 he had been serving as Vice President of the board of the Affiliate Members and Chairman of the Business Council and member of the UNWTO Strategic Group. He is also a founding member of the Spanish Association of Experts in Tourism (AECIT) and was a member of the International Association of Experts in Tourism (AIEST).

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. The organisation’s membership includes 157 countries, 6 Associate Members and 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

Carlos Vogeler will present the inaugural address of the Adeje Summer University on Friday July 14th at 12 noon, and the following day will take the opportunity to meet with local authorities and sector representatives.

Re-examining the letting law – Adeje Summer University

maria elena sanchez jordan

“It’s important to pamper tourism, but through regulation”

During the first day of the Adeje Summer University the Civil Rights professor from the University of La Laguna, María Elena Sánchez Jordán, spoke of the importance of caring for the tourism industry, the islands’ major economic motor, through proper regulations to the benefit of both the clients and the service providers.

Sánchez Jordán outlined that during 2013 the law on urban leasing was changed to regulate rentals that were offered through tourism promotions online. This law change, which is still in force, outlines in article 5, that when this kind of rental accommodation is promoted online and meets a series of requirements, it is referred to a sectorial law. “The problem is”, she explained, “that under the Spanish constitution, there are two kinds of autonomous regions, those such as Catalonia, the Baleares, Valencia, Aragón, Galicia and Navarra, who can make internal rules regarding holidays etc, and the others, who only have the right to regulate within the tourism remit….it is one thing to be able to control tourism rental activity, quite another to have the ability to issue contracts between the owner and the consumer”.

tourism students

What is certain, she argued, is that you can regulate the legal relationship between different parties, under state laws, “because the Canaries doesn’t have legal jurisdiction there, but we do in the area of tourism activity, and that’s where we need to act”. She continued, “but to avoid the potential quagmire, the best thing is to regulate the rights and duties of both sides (offer and demand), through state norms, the Civil Code or the Urban Leasing laws, in such a way as to ensure that the autonomous region normalises the relationship between owner of the holiday home and the local regional authorities with the appropriate permissions and requirements.

In other words, it is specifically “to modify and improve the decree, passed by the Canarian government in 2015, under which houses or holiday apartments in designated tourist zones were excluded, limiting the ownership rights of those individuals who have purchased in tourist zones.
national markets commission, and other associations before the superior courts, limits the economic life of the tourism market, and really needs to be replaced with a viable, flexible alternatives which benefits the sector”, María Elena Sánchez Jordán concluded.