Students, professors and administrative staff from the University of Monterrey (Mexico), the University of Minho (Portugal) and the University of Oviedo (Spain) walk the Camino portugués within the framework of the project Linking university knowledge on the Camino. This project, promoted by the Compostela Group of Universities and funded by the Xunta de Galicia as part of the O teu Xacobeo programme, promotes the exchange of culture and scientific-technological knowledge on the Camino de Santiago. Besides, the three universities of the Galician University System are co-leaders of this initiative.
Before starting following the path of the Camino Portugués, the participants attended an academic opening ceremony, which was held last Friday at the Paraninfo of the University of Santiago de Compostela. In this event, the executive secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, María Teresa Carballeira, detailed the dynamics of the first phase of the project Linking university knowledge on the Camino, in which the participants will be divided into three teams to work on topics such as the Objectives of Sustainable Development, the Camino de Santiago, the elderly, mobility, rural areas and pilgrims. These teamwork sessions will be complemented with talks, mentoring, non-formal and exchange of experiences sessions.
After the opening, participants were transferred to the Pontevedra municipality of O Porriño to begin their journey, which will end next Thursday 24 in Santiago de Compostela, after walking more than 100 kilometres. The following day, in the framework of the final meeting of the project Linking University knowledge on the Camino, they will have the opportunity to present the projects developed in teams and their experiences on the Camino in the Paraninfo of the University of Santiago de Compostela. The programme of the event includes in its academic part lectures by experts such as the special advisor of the Cultural Itineraries programme of the Council of Europe, Eladio Fernández Galiano, and the founder of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies of the institution of higher education William & Mary, George Greenia.