The Global and International Studies Program of the University of Salamanca and the Women for Africa Foundation met in Salamanca on the occasion of the Fourth Meeting of Rectors Universia 2018

This program in Global Studies possesses unique characteristics among Spanish universities. The teaching is entirely in English, and the program is linked to a THINK TANK that brings together former ambassadors and other senior dignitaries from across the world.  It has signed agreements with the Fulbright Commission and a dozen universities around the world, and maintains close collaborative relations with other organizations, such as the Spain-US Council Foundation, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, ESGLOBAL, and Fair Observe.

Throughout its six years of activity, the Women for Africa Foundation has consolidated its position as an organization dedicated to promoting development in Africa by supporting its main driving force, women. Projects have included promotion of girls’ education, maternal health, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and scientific research. One project, Learn Africa, has already brought more than 45 young people from all regions of the continent to more than 20 Spanish universities. Science by Women, now in its third edition, will soon have made possible the stays of 26 scientists in Spanish research centers of excellence.

The Foundation director, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Spanish Presidency and Spokesperson from April 2004 to October 2010, stated that the time has come to make a strategic commitment to a new and ambitious project: the opening of its first headquarters on African soil in the Faro de Nador Center, expected to be inaugurated by the start of next year. This Spanish, Moroccan and African centre will have a universalist vocation, since equality is a value that all the women of the world long for and that we are all called to share.

Apart from a general agreement already signed, the partners (Global Studies-USAL and the Women x Africa Foundation) agreed to foster the pre-existent ties, cooperating in (student’s interchanges and internships, reciprocal diffusion of the other’s activities and the participation of Fernández de la Vega in some of the academic activities –workshops and/or seminars- organized in Salamanca, as part of the Global Studies-USAL courses.

Meet Pablo Pardo: our new faculty member.

Pablo PARDO is the US Bureau Chief of El Mundo (Spain’s second largest daily newspaper) since 2014, and a columnist in the newspaper with his column Animal Spirits (Espíritus Animales) on international economics, every Monday. He is a weekly contributor to the Colombian tv station NTN24 show Club de Prensa, that it is broadcasted to Latin America, and a columnist in the Spanish monthly financial magazine Consejeros and the website The Corner ( Since 2014 he has worked as a consultant for financial institutions on international economics. Pardo as likewise published articles in The AtlanticNational Geographic, and The Weekly Standard, among others. He is the author of the book El Monstruo. Memorias de un Interrogador (Libros del K.O., 2011), on the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Pfc. Damien Corsetti. He has been interviewed by CNN InternationalBBC AmericasFox News, and Deutsche Welle, among others. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Council, and from 2009 to 2013 he was a board member of the Washington European Society. He has won four awards for his work as journalist, three of them in Spain (Citi Journalism Excellence Award, Joven y Brillante de Periodismo Económico, and Centenario de la Seguridad Social), and one in the United States (Fisher Award, given by the Atlas Network). He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the Universidad de Navarra (Spain) and a Masters of Arts (MA) in International Politics and Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has also studied at the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University and the London School of Economics (LSE).