On Tuesday 22nd March 2022, we celebrated the presentation of the first edition of the Uniservitate Award. This new initiative of the Uniservitate Programme is a recognition for the best experiences of service-learning developed within the Catholic Institutions of Higher Education (ICES).
The objectives of the Award are to make visible and recognise projects that integrate academic learning with concrete actions of service to the community. In this way, the Uniservitate Award aims to become a source of inspiration for the entire university world.
The award will consider all initiatives – even the most incipient ones – that have been launched between January 2019 and April 2022 within the framework of ICES anywhere in the world.
The submitted experiences will be evaluated on a regional level, considering the 7 regions that make up the Global Programme. The evaluation will consider the experiences that integrate quality, replicability and capacity to inspire other initiatives. The deadline for the submissions is 2nd MAY, 2022.
The Uniservitate Award will distribute a total of 84,000 euros, which will be used to give continuity to the awarded projects or to initiate new ones. In each region, two prizes of 5,000 euros each will be awarded, and two special mentions of 1,000 euros. In addition, the two winners in each region will be able to travel to the 3rd Uniservitate Symposium, which will take place in Rome from the 26th – 30th October 2022. The winning experiences will be announced in July 2022.
The event, which brought together more than 140 participants from all over the world, was attended by representatives of the organisation and of the regional hubs that make up the Uniservitate Programme in the five continents. Among them: Ma. Rosa Tapia, Uniservitate (Argentina), Marietta Guanzon, De La Salle University (Philippines), Ulrike Brok, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, (Germany), Ariane Díaz Iso, University of Deusto, (Spain), Judith Pete, Tangaza University, (Kenya), Barbara McCrabb, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops-USCCB (USA), Kathia Reynders, Ku Leuven University, (Belgium), José Sepúlveda, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) and Nieves Tapia, CLAYSS (Argentina).
The institutions that integrate the Uniservitate regional hub in the five continents will be incharge of organizing and managing the Award in their respective regions: Tangaza University College (Nairobi, Kenya), De la Salle University (Manila, Philippines), Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Eichstätt, Germany), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), and the Association of Catholic Universities and Colleges in the United States, ACCU (Washington DC, USA).
For further information about the Award visit: https://www.uniservitate.org/award-2022/