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The international committee charged with evaluating the 22 projects proposed by 39 universities has awarded the Tri-Continental Atlantic Campus presented, jointly, by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna, the title of “Regional European Campus of International Excellence (CEIR-2010)”.

The project of the universities of the Canary Islands has thus been awarded the maximum funding available in this call for proposals, amounting to 5.3 million euros in loans awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
The offices of the Presidents of both Universities view this distinctive stamp of quality as representing “a major step forward, not only for the university community but also for society in general in the Canary Islands”. The Presidents have agreed that it marks a historic landmark that has served to “bring all Canary Islanders together.”

In the press conference held in the President’s Department in the Government of Gran Canaria, Paulino Rivero, President of the Regional Government of the Canary Islands, underlined the fact that “this is a success for both universities, backed by the support of society in general” and added “today is a day to feel very satisfied” and that the granting of CEIR to the project put forward by the universities of the Canary Islands “will benefit the Canary Islands as a whole”.

José Regidor, the President of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, thanked the university research teams who have participated in the project for their efforts, as well as expressing his gratitude for the support of the Regional Government of the Canary Islands and that of all the economic and social organizations of the Archipelago, which “will enable the creation of many research-related jobs and employment niches”.


The President of the University of La Laguna, Eduardo Doménech, stressed that “the two universities, working together, have demonstrated that we are capable of leadership”, and that this capacity “has been recognised by the international committee of experts who have evaluated our project.”

José Regidor has explained to the ULPGC Governing Council that the specific activities to be carried out in CEIR 2010, include: an international postgraduate centre; the development of the Marine Pole through the setting up of the Marine Scientific-Technological park in Taliarte; the Centre of Atlantic Excellence in Oceanography and Global Change; a tri-continental programme of innovation and knowledge transfer; a programme for university residences with buildings in Tafira and San Cristóbal; and the attraction of international talent, among other actions.

106 Renowned Research Groups will participate in CEIR 2010, representing 64% of the groups currently in existence in the ULPGC, together with all the University’s Research Institutes and Centres, which will involve the largest number of researchers possible.
The concession of CEIR 2010 also entails the awarding of one million euros to the Universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and La Laguna for the R&D+i (innovation) and knowledge transfer CEI Canary Islands: Tri-continental Atlantic Campus.

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has conceded this funding through the Innocampus call for proposals, included in the 2010 INNOVATION Plan, which is part of the State-wide Innovation Strategy. This programme aims to enhance the quality of Spanish universities and the integration of their capacities with Spanish science and technology agents, its main objectives being those of fostering specialisation and the international leadership of the Spanish R&D+i (innovation) system.
Funding is aimed at financing the cost of purchasing scientific and technical equipment, building and infrastructure for R&D+i (innovation), subcontracting exclusively derived from the project and the costs of generating or maintaining patents originating as a result of the project’s technological advances.


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