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The CGU receives the coordinator of Stella-Staff Mobility Programme at University of Santiago de Compostela and a participant of the University of Piura


The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Mª Teresa Carballeira Rivera, held a meeting with the coordinator of Stella-Staff Mobility Programme at University of Santiago de Compostela, Pilar Martínez García, and a member of the Certification Office of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Piura, Cecilia Wiesse López.


Stella for Staff Compostela Group of UniversitiesWiesse López benefited from a work placement and cross-cultural experience at the Area of Quality and Improvement of Procedures of the University of Santiago de Compostela, thanks to the Stella – Staff Mobility Programme 2017. During the meeting, she explained that at the University of Piura they are trying to obtain an ABET accreditation and she saw the quality management system of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) as an example they could follow. “In our University we are currently trying to improve our certification programs and the model the USC has in place these programs, mixes our previous model and the one we want for the future. I felt that we could learn from their experience”, explained Wiesse López. “For instance, the Integrated Quality Management System of the University of Santiago de Compostela is certified ISO 9001, a standard that is mainly applied to procedures. We were looking for a certification not only for procedures but also for evaluating quality standards.  Here I learned that having an ISO 9001 does not mean that all the University has to follow strictly the same criteria regarding certification, that there is place for considering all the specifics of each academic program or Faculty”, she continued.


Regarding the participation of the University of Santiago de Compostela in the Stella – Staff Mobility Programme, Martínez García said that “the decision to take part in this programme was taken a long time ago, because the USC has been part of it for years, offering placements to receive staff coming from other Universities and sending its own employees for an international experience”. “USC bets on mobility for all university community through different programs, as internationalization is a main priority, contained in the Strategic Plan 2011-2020”, she added.


Since 2012, the USC has fostered more than ten employees coming from other Universities and sent five of its own. In relation to their experience last year, Martínez García explained that “Lorena Gómez, a participant in the past edition, ranked her experience as very positive as it made possible for her to explain aspects of her work such as library cooperation. Aspects that planted the seed for a new model for the exchange University. Besides, she could observe different practices regarding the management of acquisitions”.


Stella – Staff Mobility Programme


The programme, born in 2002, provides opportunities for administrative staff of the member Universities of the CGU to enhance cross-cultural and work placement experience. Since its creation, more than 300 participants have taken part on the Stella – Staff.  


Do you want to learn more about this programme? Visit the Stella - Staff mobility programme section on our website to find all the information.