For second consecutive year we are looking forward to receive a group of teachers and students who are coming all the way from Rotterdam’s University of Applied Sciences-Social Work School (Holland). The students of Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid we’ll receive them as part of the activities in Social Work and Development Cooperation class.
This year our class is composed only by women, whose 66% are international exchange students and 34% are local students who are studying Social Work.
The international students are from Colombia, México, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia.
During the course we will review and study the following topics:
- Global reality
- International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid
- Development and Education for Development
- Community Social Work and Development Cooperation. Human Rights based approach
- Development Cooperation projects
- Application of Logical Framework Approach for Project management
- International Organisms
- Development Cooperation in the European Union
- Spanish Development Cooperation
- Non-governmental organizations
This year, as a compliment of in-person class, we chose to use social networks as part of the contents and participation of the subject. With this porpoise we are using the “hashtag” or tag #TSyCD to publish all of the contents we share in our Facebook webpage and community.
In this Facebook community we share news, videos, articles, images or projects of persons and organizations related to our subject topics. We invite you to join our community and give us a “like” to start sharing this new way of learning with us.
We also established a series of digital dialogues trough YouTube. This bring us the opportunity to meet different projects and people who are working for social development or humanitarian aid, then the students can ask with some questions and get to solve their doubts and curiosities about this subject.
These are the video series with people from
Our sessions have a conventional way, but we also try to promote active participation and in occasions we also like to have special guests, as your visit will be. In other occasions we´ll be going to visit a different place that could be of interest for our subject topics.
For the session we will be sharing with you on March 26th we are having another special guest, Inmaculada Montero Luque, who is working for European Commission in EuropeAid in Brussels. This activities will be part of our subject topics as European Union Cooperation Development.
We will also have an exposition on behalf of Rotterdam’s University students about Dutch Red Cross and other International Cooperation Projects, then students from Comillas Pontifical University will be talking about the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.
This way we are looking forward to understand at least the main action lines of the European Union as the world’s major donor for human aid and development cooperation, and also other national organizations and agencies action for development.
Now you have these videos of some of our classmates introducing their selves to you:
This is Anne Dyreby, exchange student from Denmark:
And Clara Costalago Fernández, Social Work student in Comillas Pontifical University:
Finally, here’s a welcome letter that our classmate Paulina Valdez wrote for you in name of all our class:
To the students and professors at the University of Rotterdam:
On behalf of the students in Trabajo Social y Cooperación para el Desarrollo I would like to say to you that we are very excited to have you visit us. We know the experience will enrich our learning experiences and expand our knowledge of this subject. We wanted to send you this letter before your arrival to let you know a little bit about our class with Professor Fernando Cuevas, what we are finding interesting and exciting.
The clase is abbreviated as TSYCD. We use this abbreviation as we work with social media because we see the important connections between development and social media. In this class we have delved into the study of concepts and principles that make development and community projects work and the possibility for future transformations and improvements in our world, all the while putting this in the context of social media.
So far we have been sharing knowledge and experiences from our own countries, since many of us are from abroad: including Australia, the USA, Canada, Colombia and Mexico. Our professor has used interesting and unique ways of teaching this theme including emphasising the importance of social media. Each week we use Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, and more to communicate with each other and others and to share information or ideas. We would like to invite you to join our “digital community” on Facebook “TSyCD” and in Twitter using the hashtag #TSYCD. In this way you will be able to learn more about our class and what we are discussing before your arrival.
We eagerly await your arrival to our University, welcome to Madrid and la Universidad Pontificia Comillas!
Students of Trabajo Social y Cooperación para el Desarrollo de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas