The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation collaborates in the Ibero-American symposium “Voices and Insights: More than 90 Years Doing Radio at the University”, which took place at the Faculty of Documentation and Communication Sciences of the University of Extremadura (UEx).

The event opened this morning and involved the participation of the Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno; the Vice Rector of Institutional and International Relations, Mar Guerrero Manzano, and the Director of the University of Extremadura’s Information and Communication Cabinet, who is also senior researcher of ARDOPA’s Research, Documentation, Communication and Scientific Dissemination Group, Agustín Vivas.

Juan Carlos Moreno highlighted that the university radio fulfils “a social function: disseminating knowledge, which forms a solid alliance along with the university in the struggle for an efficient and adequate training and for free, plural and critical communication”.

Moreno claimed that this objective ties up with one of Yuste Foundation’s purposes: “the dissemination of knowledge”.

In the same vein, Agustín Vivas pointed out that this radio is “a university instrument -in the full sense of the word- to shape critical citizens”. He, furthermore, added that it serves to “disseminate what the university does and picks up, in turn, what society wants to say”.

Vivas delved into the value of the university radio as a “social tool in order to create equal opportunities and as an instrument of liberty”.

The Vice Rector of Institutional and International Relations, pointed out that these international sessions are a sharing point of Ibero-American university radios to expose the different ways to do radio from universities in an enriching manner.

Mª del Mar Guerrero underlined that “as university professionals our duty does not end in the classroom and being able to count on these radios enables us to offer students a practical part and of scientific dissemination”.

“Voices and Insights: More than 90 Years Doing Radio at the University” is an Ibero-American symposium that aims to give value to Ibero-American university radio stations. These radio stations originate more than 90 years ago at the National University of La Plata (Argentina) as a direct consequence of Córdoba’s University Reform, which celebrated its centenary this year.

The intention is to present different ways of doing radio at universities and apply, in practical a manner, a format that is very present again on the radio media: fiction.