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University of Deusto

The University of Deusto (UD) is one of the most “international” universities in Spain. It plays an active role in a variety of mobility programmes: Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows and Cathedra of UNESCO, among others. The Quality of Life and Social Inclusion research group within the Faculty of Psychology and Education, in particular, has extensive experience of conducting both national-level and international research on intercultural competence and the related issues – projects include International Volunteers: Commitment and Intercultural Dialogue Proposal. Experience to learn from (2006-2007); International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (2004-2009; funded by the European Union); and GEITONIES – Generating Interethnic Tolerance and Neighborhood Integration in European Urban Spaces project (2008-2011; funded by the European Commission within FP7). The UD team members involved in the EMIC project are Dr. Rosa Santibáñez Gruber, Dr. Maria Yarosh, Dr. Concha Maiztegui and Dr. Josu Solabarrieta. These professionals are able to contribute specialisation in the Higher Education and NGO perspective of intercultural comptetence, with formal and non-formal learning perspectives.


Dr. Maria Yarosh

Maria Yarosh gained her PhD, with the topic of “Translator Intercultural Competence: the concept and means to measure the competence development, in January 2013. In the course of her doctoral research, she had developed and piloted a module aimed at helping student translators become intercultural mediators. Currently she is working as a Researcher at Deusto headquarters of the International Tuning Academy and continues her pedagogical experiments on developing theoretically-sound translator intercultural training.


Dr. Rosa Santibáñez

Rosa Santibáñez Gruber Ph.D. in Education and Criminology. Professor in the Department of Social Pedagogy and Diversity at the University of Deusto. Her main research lines – including that of intercultural education and intercultural competence development – are focused on social and educational intervention/action as a key strategy promoting social integration, social inclusion and social justice with socially-excluded groups, such as migrants, homeless, youth or prisoners. She has worked from an international perspective with professionals of social field and focusing on the role played by intercultural competence. Currently Rosa Santibáñez leads INTERVENTION, a Quality of life and Social Inclusion research team.

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