Innovative projects in prehistory, heritage and education in Spanish.
The action-lines in the Heritage and Language areas of excellence are aimed at promoting an international scope of lines which have a great strategic value for Cantabria: Spanish Language, Ontology of Heritage and Prehistory. The International Centre for Higher Studies in Spanish has been set up within the work setting that the UC and the Comillas Foundation have been carrying out, with the objective of becoming the international reference centre in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) and in the study of Spanish culture.
The centre channels an important effort made by Cantabria International Campus, devoted to creating a research structure which will provide sustainability to its educational programmes.
The UC and the Marcelino Botín Foundation have set up two fundamental projects for the conservation and dissemination of regional heritage. On the one hand, a semantic web-site that is open to the public, showing the tangible and intangible heritage in Cantabria, and on the other hand, the model of integral treatment which has been developed in the Nansa Valley, systematic research which provides adequate protection of the environment and better conditions for establishing specific action-lines in it.
Likewise, through the International Institute of Prehistoric Research in Cantabria, an organism set up between the UC, the Government of Cantabria and the Santander Bank and in association with the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), research action-lines within the Altamira Museum are being promoted.
Current situation of the Area of Heritage and language
In the Area of Heritage, scientific quality, the capacity to attract talent and success in gaining access to competitive financing by the International Institute for Prehistoric Research (IIIPC), which has the support of Santander Bank, have enabled an important breakthrough in its consolidation as an engine of international excellence in this area during this period. Thus, it has managed to attract researchers in the Ramon y Cajal Programme, whose capacity has been endorsed by the E.U. (which obtained the second highest mark in Europe in the People official calls in the E.U. Career Integration Grants, IGC).
In addition, initiatives within the Area of Heritage and in collaboration with the Botín Foundation have been strengthened and extended. Its role in the aggregation is strengthened each year. In this way, development of the WEB Semantics Heritage Cantabria 3.0 Project is maintained, and the Heritage and Territory project, which has made important progress during this period in the comprehensive study on the Nansa Valley, is consolidated as a reference.
One of the key milestones, transversal to the entire conversion project towards a Campus of Excellence, is the Augusto González Linares (AGL) Programme to attract international talent, which up until now has achieved a private contribution of almost 2.2 Million Euros. Besides this, CCI has managed to add 400,000 Euros to this private funding, which have come from the official announcement in 2011 from the Enrichment Sub-programme within the Campus of Excellence Programme.