University contribution to human development, welfare and global citizenship: the internship program in the field of university cooperation for development (cud).

Artigas, Berta (1); Bennasar Veny, Miquel (1); Salvà Mut, Francisca (1); Unceta Satrústegui, Koldo (2) (2018). 'University contribution to human development, welfare and global citizenship: The internship program in the field of university cooperation for development (CUD).' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018.




The internship program in the field of the University Development Cooperation (UDC), is a program that promotes the University of the Balearic Islands so that students can, part of the practical training of their undergraduate studies in South countries. Becoming a program that interrelates the university development cooperation, with the values ​​of global citizenship and formal university education.


Higher education is a fundamental axis that favors the development and well-being of people, expanding the opportunities that allow them to be and do what they value. Therefore, it is necessary to promote an education that combines professional knowledge with the concepts and values ​​of sustainable human development, deepening the concept of person and enhancing the ability to develop "a good human life".


Thus, the Capability Approach becomes the framework that, from a multidisciplinary perspective, favors social criticism and allows to promote educational processes that empower the development of their freedom as future professionals and their individual personality, as citizens, responsible and committed.




Analyze if the Balearic Islands University program is oriented and contributes to education for global citizenship.

To deepen on the perception, significance and impact of the apprenticeship of practices in the field of the university development cooperation in the acquisition of knowledge, values, attitudes and aptitudes oriented to cosmopolitan education, in the students of the Balearic Islands University.



Qualitative study from an ethnosociological perspective from the capability approach contrasting it with the cognitive axes of cosmopolitan citizenship. Content analysis was carried out through life stories from the Balearic Island University students who had participated in the program during 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, depending on sex, variety of studies, countries and different academic courses (n=17).




The students mentioned that the reasons for participating in the program were the desire to travel and to know other cultures and interest in volunteering and development cooperation. They manifested living feelings of suffering, impotence and desire to return.

They acquired knowledge about politics, educational system, social, health, etc. from the country. They learned to identify inequalities and vulnerable groups. They identified the power of religion and knew other ways of living. They experienced a process of adapting to the country, valuing the generosity of the host culture and creating feelings of family bond and friendship. Upon returning they had feelings of nostalgia and the need to share the experience. They lived a personal crisis and an emotional shock, making personal and vital changes.

They identified a "before and after" and their personal and professional strengths and weaknesses. They rated the program as very significant, unique, unrepeatable and essential.




The program:

-Allows integrating the knowledge and values ​​of sustainable human development and global citizenship with disciplinary knowledge.

-Contributes to the acquisition of skills, favoring the expansion and development of internal capacities, transforming them into combined capacities.

- Has a strong impact on students, by promoting knowledge of other forms of life, the value of diversity and multiculturalism. And power, their self-knowledge, empowering and emancipating them personally and professionally.

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