• The Universities of Oviedo and Illinois will promote teacher and student postgraduate mobility between both institutions

    November 20, 2013

    The agreement will boost joint research between both institutions and the composition of PhD Theses

    From left to right, Esteban Fernández, Geoffrey Hewings, Vicente Gotor and Fernando Rubiera.

    The University of Oviedo and the University of Illinois (USA) have signed a collaboration agreement to conduct joint activities in teaching and research, apart from promoting postgraduate students and teacher mobility. The Rector, Vicente Gotor, and the director of the "Regional Economic Applications Laboratory" (REAL), Geoffrey Hewings, claimed that, among other matters, this agreement will encourage the creation of research projects and the composition of PhD Thesis between the two institutions.

    This agreement is the result of the collaboration started by the research group REGIOlab (Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory), of the Department of Applies Economics, and researchers from the University of Illinois. Professors Fernando Rubiera and Esteban Fernández Vázquez were also present during the presentation. The Rector highlighted the fact that the University of Illinois is among the first 50 in the Shanghai index and among the first 15 in terms of economic studies. "It is very important for research groups that we promote collaboration with the USA for theses and stay", said the Rector.

    Geoffrey Hewings stressed the importance of collaboration between universities in the field of Social Sciences. "I hope that this agreement becomes the base upon which a more extensive collaboration is built between the two universities in a field where joint work is not very common", he said. For the past three years, eight postgraduate students of the University of Oviedo have studied in Illinois.

    Professor Geoffrey Hewings will also participate in the 39th Meeting of Regional Studies that will take place starting tomorrow at the Ciudad de Oviedo Congress Center, promoted by the Spanish Association of Regional Science. Experts in Regional Economy from all around the world will meet in Asturias to debate, among other matters, the role that intelligent and creative cities may play in economic development and as a way to overcome the economic crisis.