The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation closed its Yuste Campus programme with great success, as far as participation is concerned, having received 554 applications for the eight courses offered and granted 230 grants through a process of competitive concurrence. 44 participants have, moreover, registered as listeners.

Apart from a notable increase in the submission of applications compared to previous years, the number of Spanish and European universities participating have also grown, as is the case of the following: the universities of Extremadura, Complutense of Madrid, Granada, the Distance University of Madrid (UDIMA), Salamanca, Sioi and Unitelma Sapienza (Italy), Valencia, Rey Juan Carlos, Burgos, Pablo de Olavide (Seville), Coimbra (Portugal), the National University of Distance Education (UNED), the Diplomatic School of Spain, Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Madrid, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Crlos III, Polytechnic of Madrid, the New University of Lisbon, the Institut d’etudes Politiques de Paris, Basque Country, Valladolid or Jaén. The diversity of nationalities of those attending the course: from Spain, Portugal, Romania, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Colombia, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Ecuador, Russia, Guatemala, Belgium and Argentina, adds to this fact.

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation has counted with more than 90 experts, professors and professionals coming from European and American universities, international bodies, such as the European Parliament or United Nations, and  from the world of business and institutions in the development of the contents of the eight courses integrated in Yuste Campus. Some of the attendees have been: the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; UNESCO’s former Director General, Federico Mayor Zaragoza; the European Parliament’s former President, Enrique Barón; the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current President of the Spanish SDGs Network, Miguel Ángel Moratinos; the former Finance Minister of Colombia, Guillermo Perry; the Executive Director of EU-LAC, Paola Amadei; Argentina’s former Economy Minister, José Luis Machinea; Professor of Constitutional Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Teresa Freixes; the Director of the Interbational Agency EFE, José Maunel Sanz; the Deputy Director of El País, Xavier Vidal-Folch, and the Director of the United Nations’ Fund for Sustainable Development, Paloma Durán, among others.

Yuste Foundation developed the programme Yuste Campus in 2014 in order to create an international debate and reflection forum to tackle main current issues and global challenges at the Royal Monastery of Yuste, giving particular emphasis to current European and Ibero-American issues and issues related to European and Ibero-American history and memory, among others. This is why several subjects of general interest, such as relations between the EU and America, going through the priority that Sustainable Development Goals imply at global and regional level; the challenges of the European Union in different areas and the role played by women in the peace process and in conflict resolution are analysed every year, not forgetting Emperor Charles V, who lived and died in Yuste. In this sense, Yuste Campus’ main aim is to carry out courses and specialised meetings which aim at fostering debate and reflection among university students, researchers and professionals from a multidisciplinary point of view in order to enable contact and the exchange of knowledge among students and speakers. They will share reflections with subject matter experts and academic, political or social first-class personalities, ultimately being a space for reflection, thought, culture and science.