When the fishing rod is an academic degree
For all the enthusiastic people that filled the Aula Magna of the University for an event to grant awards for international cooperation, the expression “fishing rods” makes sense. But it is not common to associate it with academic degrees, specifically in the reception of doctoral degrees by university professors in contexts that did not have enough doctors in their teaching cadres, with the limits that this situation generates for their development.
This is the objective of the award-winning project, initiated by Consuelo Cerviño, Professor at the Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Education at the University of Valencia.
After some collaboration to train educators in Peru and Dominican Republic, in 1998, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, requested the possibility of initiating a Doctoral program in Psychology of Education and Human Development.
This began in 2003 in Dominican Republic and in Peru in 2006. Now these countries have 21 and 7 new doctors, respectively. Today, with a new program of Master and Doctorate, the total number of students is 106 in the Dominican Republic and 106 in Peru.
Consuelo Cerviño thanked the University President and the generous contribution of the University of Valencia and its different levels and services involved in this complex action. She also emphasized and thanked the essential participation in the programs of the professors from the universities of the Dominican Republic and Peru.
The fishing rods delivered already show the good results of this approach for cooperation: "these students who now occupy key positions in their country, practice their teaching and research with the keys that provide the two main principles that have shaped my existence- expressed Cerviño- the values that permeate this University and the Association to which I belong, both of which aim at human enhancement and social transformation, through education and culture."
Amid congratulations and expressions of joy for the good she has done and recognized by many, we ask Consuelo Cerviño, member of the Teresian Association, a question:
◦ What do you recognize in you as an "awakener of the ability to see and create", as we asked before about Father Poveda in Guadix?
She quickly evoked her first experience of cooperation in 1974, in Belgium, where she spent four years among Spanish emigrants in rural mining areas, as part of a group the Teresian Association had proposed for that service. "The values that we carry inside, and the human experiences in which we immerse ourselves allow us to make a reading of reality and move us as we discover opportunities that we might not have found. I appreciate it, I have received a lot," she said. "Also, other opportunities are the Commission and Research Group of the University and the Pedro Poveda Chair at UPSA (Pontifical University of Salamanca) in which I participate. I believe in the opportunities of the university world."
Congratulations, Consuelo, for this award and thanks, above all, for sharing your knowledge and your being!