Logo of the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia.

This annual award recognises an individual or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of Europe’s cultural heritage and its values of cooperation, integration, diversity and tolerance.  

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) opens today the call for nominations for the XXV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia. From now until 16 April 2021, the CGU member universities, the Xunta de Galicia and other official European institutions can submit their proposals for the award to the Executive Secretariat of the international network.

Proposals have to be submitted using the official form available on the webpage of the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia and include a comprehensive curriculum vitae of the candidate. This documentation must be sent by email, unlike previous calls, in which it was necessary to send a hard copy by post.

Subsequently, the nominations will be evaluated by the jury which, as usual, will be composed of four authorities of the Xunta de Galicia, two representatives of the Executive Committee of the international network and three representatives of the member universities. The composition of the jury will soon be made public on the website of the Compostela Group of Universities.

The laureate will receive a golden shell, the symbol of the Camino de Santiago and the Compostela Group of Universities, and a monetary prize of 6,000 euros gross. This shell will be collected at the awarding ceremony to be held at the University of Santiago de Compostela, as host and organiser of the XXVII General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities.

International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia

The International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was established in 1996 following the signing of an agreement between the Compostela Group of Universities and the Regional Ministry of Culture, Social Communication and Tourism of Galicia for its creation.

Since its first edition in 1997, this award has been given to personalities such as Jacques Santer (1997), Vaclav Havel (1998), Carla del Ponte (2001) or Mohamed ElBaradei (2010). It has also recognised the work carried out by institutions such as the Helsinki Group of Women and Science initiative (2006), the academic institution College of Europe (2012) and the Erasmus programme (2015).