Students, professors and administrative staff from the universities of Oviedo (Spain), Minho (Portugal) and Monterrey (Mexico) arrive in Santiago de Compostela, after walking more than 100 kilometres of the Camino Portugués. This route is part of the activities of the project ‘Linking university knowledge on the Camino’, promoted by the Compostela Group of Universities and financed by the Xunta de Galicia, within the programme O teu Xacobeo.

The project activities will end tomorrow with the final academic meeting, which will take place in the Paraninfo of the University of Santiago de Compostela. This event is open to all those interested in attending expert lectures and presentations of the initiatives developed by participants in the working groups. Initiatives focused on themes such as the objectives of sustainable development, the Camino de Santiago, the elderly, mobility, the rural milieu and pilgrims. These initiatives will be evaluated by two selection committees, which will award two prizes of 200 euros to the most outstanding.

Besides, the academic part of the programme includes lectures by experts such as the special advisor to the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes programme, Eladio Fernández Galiano, and the founder of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies of William & Mary Higher Education Institution, George Greenia.

This final meeting also includes the signing of a collaboration agreement between the Compostela Group of Universities and the European Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. Through the signature of this agreement, the two institutions will strengthen their cooperation in the work of disseminating the Camino de Santiago and the values associated with this pilgrimage route.