The University of Granada will host the first “Granada Arqus Senior School 2022” from the 19th to the 21st of September. Senior students from Arqus Universities are invited to participate in this unique learning experience that combines short-term mobility, lectures/presentations as well as field trips with guided tours to different locations in Grenada to explore its cultural diversity, geodiversity and coastal diversity. .
Day 1: Cultural diversity (9am to 2pm CEST)
Grenada’s cultural diversity has played a very important role in the history of Al-Andalus as it is at the heart of the region and is home to three major different religions. Eight centuries of Arab rule (711-1492) have endowed Granada with an incredible heritage: the Alhambra – the best-preserved Nasrid-style palace in Europe – and the Albaicín – the old Arab quarter – both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 1492, the Catholic Monarchs ended the Reconquista against the Moorish Empire in Granada, the last city to be taken in Al-Andalus. Their presence is still visible, as evidenced by the royal chapel, the majestic cathedral and the many monasteries and churches.
The program includes an excursion to Granada and a guided tour.
Day 2: Coastal Diversity (9am to 6pm CEST)
The following elements will be explored: geographic and geomorphological diversity (by bus); maritime transport infrastructure (port); economic diversity (subtropical crop varieties and greenhouse agriculture); and the sugar cane and rum route.
The program includes an excursion to Motril and a guided tour.
Day 3: Geodiversity (9am to 2pm CEST)
Geodiversity refers to the variety of geological features in an area, such as rocks, fossils, strata, folds, faults, and landforms, which may merit some form of protection and whose knowledge may be of interest to ordinary mortals. Geodiversity and biodiversity constitute the natural landscapes of our planet. Andalusia, in southern Spain, is a region composed of very different rocks, which illustrate the geological processes that took place from about 600 million years ago to the current active processes. This lecture will present a brief journey through the different geological features of Andalusia, with particular emphasis on the areas included in the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
The program includes an excursion to Guadix, the Geopark and a guided tour.
The program can be downloaded here.
If you would like to participate, please contact the Arqus Project Officer at your university. They can provide more information about the application process and the selection procedures that will be put in place.
This activity was organized within the scope of Arqus Action Line 2, Expanding Access, Inclusion and Diversity and, more specifically, within the scope of sub-action 2.8, Universities for Seniors: sharing of good practices and short-term mobility for senior universities. This Line of Action 2 is chaired by the University of Padua and aims to strengthen inclusion (expansion of access and diversity) in universities; encourage awareness in the local and regional environment about different forms of disparity, underrepresented groups, diversity and inclusion; and influence inclusion policies at regional and national levels.
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