Over recent decades, the university has been radically transformed. The society is demanding greater commitment to the university, participation and social responsibility. The University Cooperation for Development (CUD) is defined as the set of activities carried out by the university community oriented and social transformation in the poorest countries, in peace, equity, human development and environmental sustainability in the world, transformation in which academic institution building and have an important role.
The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), is the management authority of the Spanish policy of international cooperation for development, and its object, according to the Statute of the Spanish Agency of International cooperation for Development, is the development, management and implementation of public policies of international cooperation for development, aimed at combating poverty and achieving sustainable human development in developing countries. The basic element of planning in establishing the objectives and sectoral and geographical priorities for Spanish cooperation and intervention criteria to be observed in the implementation of our development policy is the IV Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2013-2016.
Development cooperation is an essential part of the social commitment of the University of Valencia and as such can not be understood as an extracurricular activity or restricted to individual commitments, but integrated into the set of activities that are proper, covering all areas:
- Institutional strengthening of university systems and technical advice and support to development programs
- The awareness of the university community
The Universitat de València is institutionally committed to this task, supporting it with technical, human, and financial resources, and ensures maximum involvement of the entire university community (students, PDI and PAS). In 1995 the program was created '0, 7 A Nau of Solidarity ', by which the University of Valencia decided to allocate 0.7% of the budget for development cooperation initiatives.
The mainstreaming of the CUD implies that in the execution of their actions also involves other vice-rectors, the Service of Information and Promotion of Students (SEDI) and the General Foundation of the University of Valencia through the North-South Patronat and Management Area of Cooperation.
The main tasks developed by the Cooperation Department of the International Relations and Cooperation Service are:
- Coordinate the development cooperation of the University of Valencia.
- Managing calls for scholarships and grants each year the Commission approves 0.7 of the University of Valencia, an organization that manages the application of 0.7 of the institution's budget for development cooperation.
- Oversee the development cooperation projects both in calls themselves the University of Valencia in the calls of other institutions, such as the Generalitat Valenciana, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC), the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and the European Union.
- Managing mobility of PDI and PAS by agreement within developing countries.
- Organize conferences, courses and activities on university cooperation for development.