The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, María Teresa Carballeira, and the Regional Minister of Culture and Tourism of Galicia, Román Rodríguez, signed this morning in the Museum of Pilgrimages an agreement to cooperate in the organisation of the International Meeting of Rectors on the Camino de Santiago, in an event conducted by the Commissioner of the Xacobeo 20201, Cecilia Pereira.

The CIEUDUS building of the University of Santiago de Compostela will be the venue for the main activities of this international meeting, which will take place on 9-11 October, and participants will also visit Chantada and A Coruña. So far, 33 institutional representatives of the governing bodies of 28 universities belonging to the university network, from 10 European and American countries, have confirmed their attendance.

In his speech after the signature of the agreement, the Regional Minister of Culture and Tourism of Galicia, Román Rodríguez, highlighted the relevance of congress tourism and affirmed that this is an opportunity to “strengthen the Camino from the area of knowledge”. Besides, he stressed that the meeting “will promote reflection on sustainable development” and valued it as “a positive meeting for the dissemination of Jacobean values in a field as important as Higher Education”.

While the executive secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, María Teresa Carballeira, clarified that “this meeting of rectors marks a new direction for the Compostela Group of Universities, now more identified with the member universities and their concerns, more united than ever to the values of the Camino de Santiago, reason and cause of its birth”.

Programme

The programme of the International Meeting of Rectors on the Camino de Santiago includes in its academic part activities such as round tables, working groups and presentations by experts such as the Head of Higher Education Unit of the European Commission, Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, and the Director-General High Commissioner Agenda 2030, Federico Buyolo. The event will be complemented by cultural and academic visits to the town of A Coruña, tastings of Galician products and a tour of the Camino de Invierno in the surroundings of the Ribeira Sacra. On its last day, the Solemn Declaration of Rectors on the Camino de Santiago Ribeira Sacra will be signed in Chantada, an expression of the commitment of the universities and their willingness to work towards achieving the sustainable development goals in Higher Education and the European Universities initiative.