The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) brings together more than 30 higher education institutions to reflect on the key role of universities in the internationalisation of cities. For the first time, the university network is holding its annual meeting in America, with the University of Guadalajara hosting the event, which will last three days.

Within the framework of the XXV General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, the elections for the presidency of the CGU will take place, in which the general council will elect the president and the executive committee for the next four years. In addition, this year the programme includes an activity aimed at students, a workshop in which various academics will address from their fields of knowledge different aspects related to the Camino de Santiago and the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

The discussion forums Compostela Dialogues in Higher Education and Compostela Café are already a constant element in the annual meetings of the Compostela Group of Universities. In the VI Compostela Dialogues, different American experts will invite attendees to reflect on the key role of universities in the internationalization of cities. The roundtables of the V Compostela Café will address issues such as strategies, impact and globalization of internationalization in higher education.

As it is traditional, the general assembly will be the venue for the award ceremony of the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia, which in its XXIII edition went to George Greenia, PhD in Romance Languages by the University of Michigan and founder of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies of the higher education institution William & Mary. At the time the award was presented, the jury highlighted his “prolific academic trajectory, connection with Galicia and contribution to the dissemination of the Jacobean phenomenon”.

This event will also include the award ceremonies of the contest of the Compostela Group of Universities, whose objective is to recognise the audiovisual and research talent within the network. In the VIII International Video Contest, two groups of students from the Anahuac Xalapa University (Mexico) and the Jaume I University (Spain) will be awarded prizes. In the III Research Pitches Contest, short presentations by researchers from the University of Vigo (Spain), the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and the Jaume I University (Spain) will be recognised.