For academic and services staff
The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) organises activities specifically aimed at the academic and service staff of its member universities. They arise from our network’s commitment to fostering cooperation in the sphere of Higher Education, through the implementation of initiatives that favour the dissemination of knowledge, contribute to professional development and encourage the online collaboration of these members of our community.
Dissemination of knowledge
The academic community of the CGU member universities is composed of professionals from 28 countries specialised in the different areas of knowledge.
Seminars, congresses and conferences
Our network is aware of the richness of this human and professional capital, consequently, they are invited regularly to participate in the seminars, congresses or conferences that we organise with the aim of transferring this knowledge to CGU members and society. These events are also an opportunity to establish potential collaboration agreements with colleagues from the same area of knowledge.
Every year international experts gather around the discussion tables of the Compostela Dialogues in Higher Education and the Compostela Café to analyse the main trends in the sector during our general assemblies. We also coordinate the holding of congresses, seminars and meetings within the framework of the Compostela Academy on the Camino.
Pools of experts
The CGU encourages the institution of meeting points for academic staff through its pools of university experts, which bring together experienced professionals from various academic disciplines to cooperate on research projects such as Camiñolab.
The editorial work of the network emerged as a vehicle for the dissemination of European values in Higher Education. The CGU has edited publications related to European topics, the Camino de Santiago, the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia, cultural heritage or the impact of COVID-19.
Training and professional development
Professionals from CGU member universities must adapt their careers to a constantly evolving labour market and keep pace with the changing times. Faced with this demand for life-long learning in the working environment, our network aims to support the professional development of academic and service staff at CGU member universities through our training and mobility initiatives.
Before Erasmus+ was extended to university service staff, the Compostela Group of Universities launched the Stella for Staff mobility programme. Since its creation in 2003, more than 400 staff members from our universities have received grants for carrying out professional placements in other CGU and CONAHEC higher education institutions. During these placements, professionals exchange knowledge on best practices in their fields, develop new language skills and the ability to work in multicultural environments.
In terms of support for teaching staff and researchers, we have centred our catalogue of initiatives on two main areas, the internationalisation of their classrooms and the broadening of their technical skills for teaching and research.
Thus, the catalogue includes training and teaching innovation courses based on the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) model together with those on graphic design and infographics, web design or publication editing, focused on strengthening instrumental skills.
Moreover, all these training courses are delivered online to make it easier to reconcile them with work obligations.
The community of the more than 60 member universities has the opportunity to bridge the gap by the optimised online contact networks of the Compostela Group of Universities.
The main one is our social network Composnet, which facilitates the building of an online contact network. The first step in joining this community of digital pilgrims is to complete the registration form, in which academic and service staff can indicate their preferences and interests. Once inside, they gain access to a secure and guaranteed environment that allows them to connect with colleagues in their field to advance research initiatives, exchange knowledge and best practices, and even become hosts during visits to their university.